Independence Corrupted/How America’s Judges (Really) Make Their Decisions


How do judges really make their decisions?  To answer, Independence Corrupted goes behind the bench with a judge / law professor.  Under ‘the rule of law,’ how can different judges reach different legal conclusions?  To answer, Independence Corrupted locates “judicial independence” historically and examines “corruption” far beyond bribery.  It analyzes myriad factors – race, religion, gender, personality, political philosophy, electoral ambition, substance abuse, spousal influence – compromising merit-based decision-making.  Provocative and personal, Independence Corrupted draws from the most compelling cases Judge Schudson decided – alone, as a trial judge; collaboratively, as an appellate judge.  And with a text “hot off the press,” it examines the recent Supreme Court decisions destroying judicial independence.

Required Reading: Independence Corrupted / How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions by Charles Schudson. University of Wisconsin Press, 2018. 

Charlie Schudson (www.keynoteseminars.net) graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.  He served as a state and federal prosecutor, and as a Wisconsin trial and appellate judge.  He also served as the “Law and Literature Scholar in Residence” at Lawrence, and on the faculties of:  the National Judicial College; the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; the Marquette and Wisconsin law schools; and as a Fulbright Scholar teaching at law schools abroad.  His published works include On Trial: America’s Courts and Their Treatment of Sexually Abused Children (Beacon Press).  He was a featured guest on The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and Oprah.  Since 2004, Charlie has presented ten Björklunden seminars, two with his wife, Karen.  They live in Sedona and Ellison Bay.


Date: 
Sunday, September 23, 2018 to Friday, September 28, 2018
Fee(s): 
$895 double; $1,175 single; $450 commuter
Topic(s): 
Law & Politics

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