Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? The Ethics and Politics of Allowing Judges to Advocate Controversial Views
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. This event being held as part of Orange Central Weekend, and is co-sponsored by the SU Office of Alumni Relations and the Tully Center for Free Speech.
Panelists:Joanne Alper (’72 BA Am Std), Judge, Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Circuit of Virginia Charles Gardner Geyh Associate Dean for Research and John F. Kimberling Professor of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington
Moderator:Keith Bybee Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media at Syracuse University
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