April 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor has been selected for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. Charles Gardner Geyh, the law school’s John F. Kimberling Professor of Law, was chosen as one of 33 fellows from about 200 nominees in the fields of science, law, technology, business and public policy.
An expert on judicial conduct, ethics and the judicial selection process, Geyh will receive a grant from the Carnegie Corp. to research and write a book based on his proposal “Lies, Damn Lies, and Judicial Elections: Transcending the Shrill Public Policy Debate over Judicial Selection in America.” The research builds upon his recent book, "Courting Peril: The Political Transformation of the American Judiciary" (Oxford University Press, 2015), which explores how the courts have become increasingly politicized, explains why longstanding efforts to depoliticize the courts have failed and offers a more promising approach to reform.
“The judicial selection process is one of the most important legal and political topics of our time,” said Lauren Robel, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president. “IU is fortunate to claim Charlie Geyh as a distinguished scholar and expert on this subject, and I am confident that his Carnegie fellowship will produce another thought-provoking work of legal scholarship.”
“As one of the nation’s foremost experts on the judiciary, Charlie Geyh is most deserving of this fellowship,” said Austen L. Parrish, dean and James H. Rudy Professor of the Maurer School of Law. “His ability to link current political topics with sophisticated legal analysis will influence the debate on judicial selection for years to come.”
Following graduation from University of Wisconsin Law School, Geyh clerked for Judge Thomas A. Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He then worked as an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.
In addition to his most recent book, he is the author of "When Courts and Congress Collide: The Struggle for Control of America's Judicial System" (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and "Disqualification: An Analysis Under Federal Law" (2nd ed., Federal Judicial Center 2011); co-author of "Judicial Conduct and Ethics" (5th ed., Lexis Law Publishing, 2013); and editor of "What's Law Got to Do With it? What Judges Do, Why They Do It, and What's at Stake" (Stanford University Press, 2011).
His scholarship has appeared in over 70 books, articles, book chapters, reports and other publications. Geyh joined the Maurer School of Law faculty in 1998.
The nominating process for Carnegie Fellows entailed three levels of review. It began with the corporation seeking recommendations from more than 600 leaders representing a range of universities, think tanks, publishers and nonprofit organizations nationwide. They nominated about 200 candidates, whose proposals were evaluated by an anonymous team of prominent scholars, educators and intellectuals. The final selections were made by a distinguished panel of 16 jurors, including heads of the country’s premier scholarly institutions and presidents of leading universities and foundations.