This special lecture by a prominent jurist, and Dartmouth graduate, will provide rare insight from "behind the bench" about the complex factors affecting judicial decisions on controversial issues -- abortion, white supremacy, sexual predation, among others. In addition, the lecture will examine the political pressures that now jeopardize judicial independence and threaten American governance.
Charles B. "Charlie" Schudson is a retired Wisconsin trial and appellate judge. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth in 1972, and from the Wisconsin Law school. He has taught at law schools and judicial conferences throughout the world, received many awards including a Dartmouth Senior Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship, and been featured on PBS, NPR, and Oprah. His new book, Independence Corrupted/How America's Judges Make Their Decisions (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) will be available for sale and signing.This is free and open to the public.