Fall 2013 Symposium

Benchmarks: Evaluating Measurements of Judicial Productivity

New England Law Review’s Fall 2013 Symposium

New England Law Review Symposium Crisis in the Judiciary

Friday, November 8, 2013

New England Law | Boston

Generously Co-Sponsored By the:
Boston Bar Association                Federal Bar Association

This year’s symposium was inspired by a new article by Judge William Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and New England Law Professor Jordan Singer, which proposes “bench presence”—the number of hours a trial judge spends adjudicating issues in the open courtroom—as a critical component of a trial court’s overall productivity. These articles served as a springboard to a broader discussion on the propriety and mechanics of evaluating both courts as institutions and individual judges as public servants.

Listen to our interview with Professor Singer of New England Law | Boston providing some insight into the topics to be discussed at the symposium here

Below are links to the two articles that inspired our event and will serve as the cornerstone of our dialogue. We encourage you to brush up on the brilliant scholarship prior to attending our event.

Bench Presence: Toward a More Complete Model of Federal District Court Productivity by Professor Jordan M. Singer and the Honorable Judge William G. Young.

Measuring Bench Presence: Federal District Judges in the Courtroom, 2008-2012 by Professor Jordan M. Singer and the Honorable Judge William G. Young.


9:00 a.m. Introduction to “Bench Presence” by Professor Singer, New England Law | Boston

9:30 a.m. Panel One: Responses to and Evaluations of Bench Presence

Panelists include:
Dean Steven Gensler of Oklahoma University College of Law
Professor Linda Mullenix of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Professor Chad Oldfather of Marquette University Law School

11:00 a.m. Panel Two: Other Methods of Judicial Evaluation

Panelists include:
Former Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver
Malia Reddick, Director of the Quality Judges Institute at the IAALS
Professor Mark Spottswood of Florida State University College of Law
Professor Carolyn Dubay of Charlotte School of Law

1:00 p.m. Keynote Lunch featuring U.S. District Court Judge Young, at Legal Seafood’s Park Plaza Location

3:00 p.m. Panel Three: Practitioner Perspectives

Panelists include:
Chief Justice Paula M. Carey ’86 of the Massachusetts Trial Court
Robert Farrell, Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Sara Jane Shanahan, Partner at Sherin and Lodgen
Jonathan M. Albano, Managing Partner at Bingham McCutchen, LLP

Click here to view the transcript from our live Twitter #BenchPresence discussion.


For more information on this symposium, please contact:

Sarah Lowdon, Business Managing Editor

Kristen Mullen, Symposium Editor

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