Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? The Ethics and Politics of Allowing Judges to Advocate Controversial Views

November 12, 2011

Elected officials, interest groups, and the media often pressure judges to reveal information about their personal beliefs and to explain how these beliefs affect judicial decision making.  Most judges refuse to respond to such pressure in an effort to maintain judicial independence and the appearance of impartiality.  Are judges choosing the right path?  Would judges better serve the cause of judicial independence if they openly aired their personal views? Please join us for a panel discussion featuring the Hon. Joanne Alper, distinguished SU alumna and sitting judge, and Professor Charles Gardner Geyh, one of the nation’s leading authorities on judicial ethics. IJPM Director Keith Bybee will moderate. This event is co-sponsored by the SU Office of Alumni Relations and the Tully Center for Free Speech.

For a full bio of the particpants and the moderator please click the names below:
Hon. Joanne Alper

Professor Charles Gardner Geyh

IJPM Director, Professor Keith Bybee