Charles Gardner Geyh
John F. Kimberling Professor of Law
- E-mail email@example.com
- Phone (812) 855-3210
- Location Baier Hall 278
- B.A., University of Wisconsin 1980
- J.D., University of Wisconsin School of Law 1983
- Selected as a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
- Special Counsel, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, Washington, D.C. (1991)
- Counsel, United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C. (1989-1991)
- Associate, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. (1984-1989)
- Clerk, Hon. Thomas A. Clark, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, Ga. (1983-1984)
Professor Geyh teaches and writes in the areas of judicial conduct, ethics, procedure, independence, accountability and administration. He is the author of Courting Peril: The Political Transformation of the American Judiciary (Oxford University Press, 2015); When Courts and Congress Collide: The Struggle for Control of America's Judicial System (University of Michigan Press 2006) and Disqualification: An Analysis Under Federal Law (2d ed. Federal Judicial Center 2011); coauthor of Judicial Conduct and Ethics (5th ed., Lexis Law Publishing 2013) (with Alfini, Lubet and Shaman); and Understanding Civil Procedure (5th ed. 2013) (with Shreve and Raven-Hansen); and editor of What's Law Got to Do With it? What Judges Do, Why They Do It, and What's at Stake (Stanford University Press 2011). His scholarship has appeared in over 70 books, articles, book chapters, reports and other publications.
Geyh has served as an expert witness in the Senate impeachment trial of Federal District Judge G. Thomas Porteous; director of and consultant to the ABA Judicial Disqualification Project, and as reporter to four ABA commissions (the Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary, the Commission on the Public Financing of Judicial Campaigns, and the Commission on the Separation of Powers and Judicial Independence). He has likewise served as director of the American Judicature Society's Center for Judicial Independence; consultant to the Parliamentary Development Project on Judicial Independence and Administration for the Supreme Rada of Ukraine; assistant special counsel to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on the impeachment and removal of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen; consultant to the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal; and legislative liaison to the Federal Courts Study Committee.
Geyh received his B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1980 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin law school in 1983, after which he clerked for the Honorable Thomas A. Clark on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, worked as an associate at the Washington D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling, and served as counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, before beginning his teaching career in 1991. He joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1999, has served as the law school’s associate dean for research, and is the recipient of three faculty fellowships, three Trustees' Teaching Awards, and the Leon Wallace Teaching Award. In 2016, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, the recipient of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to research and write a book based on his proposal “Lies, Damn Lies, and Judicial Elections: Transcending the Shrill Public Policy Debate over Judicial Selection in America.”
In the media
- Quoted in "Supreme Court's proposals would affect recusals, word counts," Bloomberg Law (11/2/2018)
- Quoted in "Indiana law professors support changes to judicial conduct rules," The Indiana Lawyer (10/30/2018)
- Mentioned in "Federal judiciary's proposals for addressing sexual misconduct to get public airing," Yahoo! (10/29/2018)
- Quoted in "Heritage Foundation's clerk training raises specter of bias," Law360 (10/23/2018)
- Appeared on "Sessions blames court losses on 'judicial activism'," Bloomberg (10/22/2018)
- Quoted in "Kavanaugh in the clear? Perjury complaints against him unlikely to succeed," Washington Examiner (10/15/2018)
- Quoted in "Ethics allegations against Brett Kavanaugh face hurdles," National Law Journal (10/11/2018)
- Quoted in "Brett Kavanaugh's comments in that hearing raise ethics questions that will likely follow him whether or not he's confirmed," BuzzFeed (10/1/2018)
- Quoted in "What lessons have senators learned from Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings?," The Associated Press (9/27/2018)
- Quoted in "Kavanaugh failure may leave him open to discipline in old job," Bloomberg (9/25/2018)
- Quoted in "Roe vs. Wade: What Kavanaugh may have meant by 'precedent on precedent'," The San Francisco Chronicle (9/6/2018)
- Quoted in "Private plaintiff taking public access case to SCOTUS?," The Indiana Lawyer (9/5/2018)
- Quoted in "A call to preserve judicial independence," Jackson Newspapers (8/31/2018)
- Quoted in "1 How close can judges be with lawyers? Emails including Williamson Co. judge raise questions," The Tennessean (8/30/2018)
- Quoted in "In the California desert, a farm baron is building a water and energy empire," Palm Springs Desert Sun (8/1/2018)
- Quoted in "Judge who abruptly resigned is accused of creating 'contrived dockets' to take time off," ABA Journal (7/26/2018)
- Quoted in "Abortion experts say Kavanaugh can’t end Roe alone," The Indiana Lawyer (7/25/2018)
- Quoted in "'Do not set hearings': Judge Contini accused of faking his calendar to avoid work," Law.com (7/24/2018)
- Quoted in "Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: Rulings favor more power to the president," San Francisco Chronicle (7/10/2018)
- Quoted in "Judicial ethics expert: Reminding people of impeachment powers in Loughry case is good," West Virginia Record (7/9/2018)
- Quoted in "A more conservative Supreme Court could step, not lurch, to the right," The Washington Post (7/9/2018)
- Quoted in "Hill's vow to stay in office raises possibility of unprecedented showdown," WIBC (7/6/2018)
- Quoted in "Potential Supreme Court nominee has odd Twitter history," ABC (7/2/2018)
- Quoted in "With departure of swing vote, a pivotal moment for the Supreme Court," The Christian Science Monitor (6/29/2018)
- Quoted in "Contentious confirmation process looms after Supreme Court justice retirement," Voice of America (6/28/2018)
- Quoted in "Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to retire," New Delhi Times (6/28/2018)
- Quoted in "Trump hits Heitkamp as high court, ‘Maxine’ Become midterm issues," Roll Call (6/28/2018)
- Quoted in "Both sides of the abortion debate think Justice Kennedy's retirement is a game-changer," TIME (6/27/2018)
- Quoted in "'You can’t have a scofflaw as a judge’," West Virginia Record (6/26/2018)
- Quoted in "From the bench to the hot seat: A look at 6 judges who faced legal trouble," National Law Journal (6/21/2018)
- Quoted in "Senator pissed basically nothing bad happens to retired federal judges accused of sexual harassment," Above the Law (6/13/2018)
- Quoted in "Judicial ethics expert calls claims against Loughry 'tawdry,' says he should resign," West Virginia Record (6/12/2018)
- Quoted in "Persky recall was a 'perfect storm.' But did it give future recall advocates a road map?," Law.com (6/8/2018)
- Quoted in "Nonanswers pave the way for judicial nominees at Senate," Courthouse News (5/25/2018)
- Quoted in "Ninth Circuit serious about ending workplace harassment," Bloomberg (5/23/2018)
- Quoted in "Kozinski investigation ends, further repercussions unlikely," Bloomberg (2/7/2018)
- Quoted in "Ethical issues against Pennsylvania justices unlikely to derail gerrymandering case, experts say," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/5/2018)
- Quoted in "There?s a line between justice and vengeance. Larry Nassar?s judge crossed it.," The Huffington Post (1/25/2018)
- Quoted in "Outlook 2018: Federal Judicial nominations full speed ahead," Bloomberg (1/10/2018)
- Quoted in "Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski announces immediate retirement," Bloomberg (12/18/2017)
- Quoted in "Kozinski fall carries 'Me too' message for judges, clerks," Law360 (12/18/2017)
- Cited in "Kozinski faces misconduct complaint initiated by 9th Circuit chief judge after women's allegations," ABA Journal (12/15/2017)
- Referred to in "Kozinski faces misconduct complaint initiated by 9th Circuit chief judge after women's allegations," ABA Journal (12/14/2017)
- Quoted in "What's next after the Kozinski allegations? Here's how courts handle misconduct claims.," Law.com (12/13/2017)
- Quoted in "Breaking the law clerks? code of silence: the sexual misconduct claims against Judge Kozinski," Reuters (12/13/2017)
- Quoted in "Defense lawyer accuses district judge of unfairly aiding prosecution," MLive.com (Jackson, Mich.) (12/8/2017)
- Quoted in "Defense lawyer accuses district judge of unfairly aiding prosecution," Michigan Live (11/22/2017)
- Quoted in "After sanctuary cities ruling, Trump World blasts federal court," MSNBC (11/21/2017)
- Quoted in "Expert: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill's Facebook post on sexual prowess pushes ethical boundaries," Cleveland.com (11/17/2017)
- Quoted in "Expert: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill's Facebook post on sexual prowess pushes ethical boundaries," cleveland.com (11/17/2017)
- Quoted in "The judicial nominee who?s never tried a case is also married to a Trump administration lawyer," The Washington Post (11/13/2017)
- Quoted in "Illinois court: Sleeping judge not grounds for mistrial," UPI (11/13/2017)
- WHO IS TO JUDGE: JUDICIAL ELECTIONS, JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS, AND THE PERENNIAL DEBATE OVER JUDICIAL SELECTION IN AMERICA (forthcoming, Oxford University Press 2019).
- LEGAL ETHICS, PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION (with Gregory Sisk, William Henderson, Katherine Cruse, Susan Fortney, Neil Hamilton, Vincent Johnson, Stephen Pepper, Melissa Weresh, (forthcoming, West Academic Publishing 2018).
- COURTING PERIL: THE POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE AMERICAN JUDICIARY (Oxford University Press 2016).
- UNDERSTANDING CIVIL PROCEDURE (with Gene Shreve & Peter Raven-Hansen) (Lexis Law Publishing, 5th ed. 2013).
- JUDICIAL CONDUCT AND ETHICS (with James Alfini, Steven Lubet & Jeffrey Shaman) (Lexis Law Publishing, 5th ed. 2013).
- WHAT'S LAW GOT TO DO WITH IT?: WHAT JUDGES DO, WHY THEY DO IT, AND WHAT'S AT STAKE (Charles Gardner Geyh, ed., Stanford University Press 2011).
- DISQUALIFICATION: AN ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL LAW (Federal Judicial Center 2d ed., 2011).
- WHEN COURTS AND CONGRESS COLLIDE: THE STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL OF AMERICA'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM (University of Michigan Press paperback edition 2008) (with foreword by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor).
- REPORTERS' NOTES ON THE 2007 MODEL CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT (with W. William Hodes) (American Bar Association 2008).
- Judicial independence and accountability
- Judicial administration and selection
- Judicial ethics
- Courts-congress relations
- Civil litigation
- Civil procedure
- Legal ethics