Charles Schudson – Rabbi Asher Lecture
2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA
Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions with Charles Benjamin Schudson
Sunday, February 2 from 9:30 – 11:00am
Charles Benjamin Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus and adjunct professor of law. A former prosecutor, trial and appellate judge, and Fulbright Scholar, he understands judicial decision-making. He exposes the personal, professional, and political pressures threatening judicial integrity like never before.
With scholarship and impassioned accounts of compelling cases, he brings readers behind the trial bench to see judges analyzing actual trials and sentencings. He opens the doors to appellate chambers to hear judges debating life and death, multi million-dollar damages, and priceless civil rights.
Responding to the intensifying attacks on America’s judges, Independence Corrupted is essential for students and scholars, lawyers and judges, and all citizens concerned about the survival of judicial independence.
Judge Schudson graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa), where he was a Senior Fellow, and from the Wisconsin Law School (Law Review). He served as a state and federal prosecutor (1975-82), a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge (1982-92), a Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge (1992-2004), Senior Counsel at von Briesen & Roper, s.c. (2004-06), and General Counsel of La Causa, Inc. (2006-09).
The lecture is made possible by the generosity of the Rabbi Joseph Asher Lecture Fund.