Seminar on Judicial Conduct

L714 is taught by C Geyh

This seminar explores the law governing judicial conduct and the social science research that explains judicial decision-making behavior. The first part of the seminar concerns how courts and judges are regulated. Several sessions will be devoted to judicial ethics, including such topics as: avoiding the appearance of impropriety; judicial disqualification; judicial campaign conduct; ex parte communications; and personal conduct. Additional sessions will be devoted to judicial oversight, including: judicial administration (featuring systems of judicial discipline); impeachment and other removal processes; and legislative oversight of the courts. The second part of the seminar will be devoted to social science research on judicial decision-making behavior, including views from political science, psychology, and history. The concluding session of the seminar will then explore the implications of recent social science learning for future regulation of the courts.