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- 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 Who Is to Judge: Judicial Elections, Judicial Appointments, and the Perennial Debate Over Judicial Selection in America (Oxford University Press 2019); 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). In addition, he is 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, Geyh was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, the recipient of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to research and write his most recent book. Also in 2019, Indiana University named Geyh a Distinguished Professor, its most prestigious academic appointment.
In the media
- Quoted in "A Supreme Court justice voted to let law grads forgo the bar exam. Among them: his daughter.," nola.com (8/7/2020)
- Quoted in "Former judge: Pa. Supreme Court chief justice complained about Black justice's 'minority agenda'," GoErie.com (7/24/2020)
- Quoted in "House Dems push judiciary to curb ideological memberships," Law360 (6/9/2020)
- Quoted in "Justice Daniel Kelly rejoins voter purge case after losing election," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (4/29/2020)
- Quoted in "Supreme Court postpones hearings for this term, including Trump tax case," San Francisco Chronicle (4/7/2020)
- Quoted in "Wisconsin's voter purge lawsuit is a major issue in Supreme Court race between Daniel Kelly, Jill Karofsky," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (3/31/2020)
- Quoted in "Harassment saga sparks calls for swifter probes of judges," Law 360 (3/5/2020)
- Quoted in "Cashing in on justice," Roll Call (3/3/2020)
- Quoted in "'Ridiculous and unhelpful': Legal scholars react to Trump's SCOTUS bashing," law.com (2/25/2020)
- Featured in "Record number of faculty appointed as distinguished professors in honor of IU's bicentennial year," Indiana University Newsroom (2/20/2020)
- Quoted in "Judges' ties to Federalist, American Constitution Societies eyed," Bloomberg Law (1/22/2020)
- Quoted in "Pharmacies in opioid case want judge to ban ex-parte communications," law.com (12/6/2019)
- Quoted in "A German princess, a cardinal, and an anti-LGBT activist walk into the Supreme Court," Mother Jones (11/8/2019)
- Quoted in "These 10 firms gave the most to state judicial elections," Law 360 (11/5/2019)
- Quoted in "The justice and the alderman: The ethical conundrum of a longtime Illinois power couple," NPR (10/9/2019)
- Quoted in "IU professors react to impeachment inquiry," The Herald-Tribune (Batesville, Ind.) (9/26/2019)
- Quoted in "Judge on short list for Arizona Supreme Court donated to Gov. Doug Ducey's election campaigns," Arizona Republic (8/15/2019)
- Interviewed in a podcast "Judges 1: A downward death spiral," Embedded (NPR) (7/25/2019)
- Testified in "House panel weighs transparency, privacy in exploring court reforms," National Law Journal (6/21/2019)
- Quoted in "Lawmakers cautioned on imposing code of conduct on justices," Bloomberg Law (6/21/2019)
- Quoted in "Brown v. Board turns 65, and Trump picks won't say it's right," Bloomberg Law (5/17/2019)
- Quoted in "The legislature is again courting changes for Pa. courts," The Inquirer (Philadelphia) (5/14/2019)
- Quoted in "ICE criticism shouldn't disqualify judge in courthouse arrest suit," Law 360 (5/8/2019)
- Quoted in "Judge, prosecutor recognized by animal rights groups," Macomb (Ill.) Daily (5/7/2019)
- Quoted in "Memphis judge posts Facebook link to Holocaust denier's essay," The Commercial-Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (4/30/2019)
- Quoted in "By the numbers: APJ Matt Clements and potential pro-Apple bias at the PTAB," IP Watchdog (4/24/2019)
- Quoted in "Few avenues to discipline ex-Cole judge over impartiality doubts," Bloomberg Law (4/22/2019)
- Quoted in "University fights restrictive Indiana law on fetal tissue research," Science (3/28/2019)
- Quoted in "Special prosecutor is sought in case of Hamilton County judge charged in meth bust (sub. req.)," (3/26/2019)
- Quoted in "Indiana abortion petition making eighth SCOTUS appearance, might be inspiring 'screed'," The Indiana Lawyer (3/21/2019)
- Quoted in "Judges' trips to Costa Rica have the 'potential to be very serious,' ethics expert says," The (Nashville) Tennessean (3/8/2019)
- Quoted in "Future clerks should be wary of partisan training," Law360 (3/7/2019)
- Quoted in "Bullying from the Bench: A wave of high-profile bad behavior has put scrutiny on judges," ABA Journal (3/1/2019)
- Quoted in "The disastrous candidacy of Brian Hagedorn," Urban Milwaukee (2/21/2019)
- Quoted in "Trump brought up a suspected MS-13 gang member during his State of the Union without having all the facts," Vice News (2/6/2019)
- Quoted in "Accusations shake up Butler County court," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/2/2019)
- Quoted in "Appeals challenge dismissal of Kavanaugh ethics complaints," National Law Journal (1/31/2019)
- Quoted in "Supreme Court candidate once wrote that gay rights ruling could lead to legalized bestiality," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (1/31/2019)
- Quoted in "Dems want stronger action on Sex Harassment in Judiciary," Bloomberg Law (1/8/2019)
- Quoted in "Northern Indiana District Court awaiting re-nomination process," The Indiana Lawyer (1/7/2019)
- WHO IS TO JUDGE: JUDICIAL ELECTIONS, JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS, AND THE PERENNIAL DEBATE OVER JUDICIAL SELECTION IN AMERICA (Oxford University Press 2019).
- UNDERSTANDING CIVIL PROCEDURE (with Gene Shreve & Peter Raven-Hansen) (Lexis Law Publishing, 6th ed. 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) (West Academic Publishing 2018).
- COURTING PERIL: THE POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE AMERICAN JUDICIARY (Oxford University Press 2016).
- 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