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Benchmarks: Evaluating Measurements of Judicial Productivity

Friday, November 8, 2013 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
New England Law Boston - 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA


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 required ( RSVP here ).  Please email for more information.



9:00 am - Introduction to "Bench Presence" by Professor Jordan M. Singer of New England Law | Boston

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 Austin
  • Professor Chad Oldfather of Marquette University Law School

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 at IAALS
  • Professor Mark Spottswood of Florida State University
  • Professor Carloyn Dubay of Charlotte School of Law

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. 
RSVP required, seating is limited.  RSVP here.

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

  • Chief Justice Paula M. Carey of the Massachusetts Trial Court
  • 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 LLP

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