Judges' Day/Frank R. Strong Law Forum: 2002-03
November 14, 2002
|New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Linda Greenhouse|
Continuing in its effort to expand learning opportunities and further enliven its intellectual climate, the Moritz College hosted its second Judges' Day on November 14. Members of the judiciary and their clerks had a chance to experience a 21st-century classroom, enjoyed opportunities to meet informally with faculty and students, and attended CLE courses as well.
A highlight of the day was the Strong Lecture delivered by Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Supreme Court correspondent. In "Between Certainty and Doubt: States of Mind on the Supreme Court," she analyzed the roots and consequences of the competing approaches in the opinions and off-the-bench writings of Justices Breyer and Scalia and suggested that paying close attention to this fault line provides a useful blueprint for understanding the current Court.
In a variety of CLE presentations, visiting judges had an opportunity to experience first-hand the depth and breadth of faculty expertise. Professor Peter Swire, the Clinton Administration's chief counselor for privacy, examined the evolving tension between Internet access to court records and privacy protection. Professor Doug Cole assessed the impact of various enacted and proposed regulatory changes on the manner in which corporate governance is conducted in the United States. Professors Doug Berman and Alan Michaels, both recipients of distinguished teaching awards and nationally prominent criminal law scholars, analyzed important bellwether cases in recent and current U.S. Supreme Court terms.
|Judges identifying themselves by court at the Judges' Day luncheon|
Fulbright Scholar and Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law James J. Brudney opened his class to visiting judges. It provided judges an opportunity to interact with students and participate in class discussion.
The day began with an interview of Linda Greenhouse conducted by Professor Brudney. Long-time friends, they met at Yale Law School. Professor Brudney was a second-year law student and Ms. Greenhouse was completing a Master of Studies in Law degree on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Their paths crossed again when she was covering Congress and he was staffing the Senate Labor Committee. In the interview, they discussed the Court - its relationship with the media, how alliances among the justices shape decisions, and the decisions that will ultimately define the Rehnquist Court.
A luncheon for judges, faculty and students followed.
Judges' Day cultivates closer relationships between Moritz faculty and students, and visiting judges and their clerks. Those relationships can lead to scholarly collaboration, raise awareness among our students about the value of judicial clerkships, and give judges a better sense of the quality of the legal education available at the Moritz College of Law.