Judicial Independence and the Federal Courts: A Historical Perspective

America’s leading scholars and federal judges join the Center for three panel discussions exploring the evolution of judicial independence from the Founding to today.

This program is presented in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center and sponsored by John Aglialoro.

Panel 1: Judicial Independence and the Early Federal Courts

  • Paul Finkelman, President, Gratz College
  • Alison LaCroix, Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Moderated by Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center

Panel 2: Judicial Independence and the Federal Courts in the 20th Century

  • Stephen B. Burbank, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Tara Leigh Grove, Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School
  • Moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center

Panel 3: Judicial Independence and the Federal Courts in the 21st Century

  • John Bates, Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Diane Wood, Chief Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Moderated by John S. Cooke, Director, Federal Judicial Center

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