The Forum: Judging and Personality: What Does a Judge’s Biography Tell Us?

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Judges are human. They have past lives, experiences, views, and ideologies. Yet, they don the black robe and we try hard as a society to view them as uniform, neutral arbiters who determine the facts, apply them to the law, and reach resolution of cases. But how much do those personal experiences inform the way they see the cases and do their job? To address this question, much mooted during the run-up to the confirmation hearings of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, we have a remarkably astute panel: two nationally-prominent journalists who have written judicial biographies, and our own Judge Harry Edwards, from the D. C. Circuit. Please join us for what will surely be a stimulating conversation about how the “who” judges are affects what they do.

Joan Biskupic, Author and Journalist

Judge Harry Edwards, Senior Circuit Judge, Chief Judge Emeritus, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Visiting Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law at The George Washington University and the Legal Affairs editor of The New Republic

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