Judging draws upon skills and abilities beyond those for which the attorney is typically trained in law school or practice. For example, when new judges are required to put aside their advocacy experience to preside objectively over trials, they often find the transition more challenging than anticipated.
This seminar is intended both for students and attorneys who aspire to become judges, law clerks or court personnel, and for those who wish to gain insights into how to present cases more effectively to judges. The seminar will draw upon the writings of leading judicial scholars to understand such judicial processes as statutory interpretation, applying legal precepts, fact-finding and reasoning, and exercising discretion. It will also examine the judge's role and responsibilities within the community, including the application of community and personal values in decision-making, and adherence to requirements of ethics, professionalism, and cultural sensitivity. The faculty will invite distinguished jurists to provide first-hand insights into the judicial process at its finest and most realistic.