The Judges Forum

Pound‘s annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges is the consumer bar‘s most significant outreach to the judiciary. It is a full–day educational program open only to judges, held annually since 1992. The Forum provides a direct, intensive substantive experience, with original research written by prominent academics, commentary by experts from both sides of the bar, and small group discussions. Judges attend as guests of the Institute, at no cost to themselves or their courts. The Forum is an opportunity for judges, legal scholars, and practicing attorneys to come together for an open dialogue about major issues affecting civil justice in America. Each Forum's papers – and its subsequently published reports – are available for free downloading, providing continuing resources for the judiciary, academics, and practitioners.

The 2017 Judges Forum – "Jurisdiction: Defining State Courts' Authority" – will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Boston, MA. More details can be found here.  The Institute has invited all currently sitting state appellate court judges to attend this complimentary one-day judicial education program, where a faculty of law professors, judges, and practitioners from the plaintiff and defense perspectives will discuss the academic papers written for the Forum. The Institute pays travel and program expenses for state appellate judges to attend its Forums.

State appellate judges interested in attending should save their spot at the Forum. Trial court, senior or recall judges wishing to attend the Forum should email Mary Collishaw at the Pound Institute (or call 202-944-2841) to be placed on the Forum waiting list.

2017 Forum Hold-The-Date Postcard

The 2016 Judges Forum "Who Will Write Your Rules—Your State Court, or the Federal Judiciary?" – was held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. 105 judges from 38 states and D.C. participated.  The 150-page final report of the 2016 Forum contains the academic papers prepared for the Forum, commentary by legal experts, judges and practitioners, and the candid comments of the 105 participating judges. Digital copies are free, print copies are for purchase for $25/each plus $5 shipping.

2016 Forum report - download a digital version

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Judges, Courts and Law Schools: Request a complimentary paper copy

The 2015 Judges Forum – "Judicial Transparency and the Rule of Law" – was held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Montreal, QC. 172 judges from 39 states participated. The 214-page final report of the 2015 Forum contains the academic papers prepared for the Forum, commentary by legal experts, judges and practitioners, and the candid comments of attending judges on the topic. Digital copies are free, print copies are for purchase for $25/each plus $5 shipping.

2015 Forum Report - Download free copy

Purchase a paper copy

Judges, Courts and Law Schools: Request a complimentary paper copy

Questions or want bulk orders? Contact the Pound Institute at 202-944-2841 or email mary.collishaw@poundinstitute.org.

2015 Forum supplemental materials:

 

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