The symposium is inspired by a law review article
co-authored by the Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States
District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and New England Law Professor
Jordan M. Singer. In the article, titled "Bench Presencce: Toward a More
Complete Model of Federal District Court Productivity," the authors propose
"bench presence" - the number of hours a trial judge spends adjudicating issues
in the open courtroom - as a critical measure of a trial court's overall productivity.
The Benchmarks Symposium will feature eleven panelists as
well as an intriduction to the bench presence model by Professor Singer and a
keynote address at lunch by Judge Young. The three panels will (1) respond
to the "bench presence" model proposed; (2) discuss alternatives for evaluating
judicial productivity, the prudence of doing so, and the meaning of those
evaluations; and (3) present the practitioner and administrative perspectives on
judicial productivity, why it is important and what changes are needed.
The keynote lunch featuring Judge Young, will be held at Legal Seafood's
Park Plaza location.
Seating for the Keynote Lunch will be limited so an RSVP will be
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for more information.
9:00 am - Introduction to "Bench Presence"
by Professor Jordan M. Singer of New England Law |
9:30 a.m. - Panel One: Reactions & Responses to Bench Presence
Dean Steven Gensler of Oklahoma University College of Law
Professor Linda Mullenix of the University of Texas at
Professor Chad Oldfather of Marquette University Law
11:00 a.m. - Panel Two: Other Methods of Judicial Evaluation
Former Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, Director of the
Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the
University of Denver
Malia Reddick, Director of the Quality Judges Initiative
Professor Mark Spottswood of Florida State University
Professor Carloyn Dubay of Charlotte School of
1:00 p.m. - Keynote Lunch, featuring United States
District Court for the District of Massachusetts Judge William G. Young at Legal
Seafood's Park Plaza Location.
required, seating is limited. RSVP
3:00 p.m. - Panel Three: Practitioner Panel
Chief Justice Paula M. Carey of the Massachusetts Trial
Robert M. Farrell, Clerk of the Court for the United State
District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Sara Jane Shanahan, Partner at Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Jonathan M. Albano, Managing Partner at Bingham McCutchen