Rodel Judicial Fellowship
A unique forum for leading federal judges and state supreme court justices to discuss democracy, the Constitution, and the rule of law.
Rodel Judicial Fellowship
Strengthening America’s democracy cannot occur without a concerted focus on all three branches of government. A strong and independent judiciary forms the bedrock of American democracy. While fundamental, its continued existence (and that of our democratic system itself) cannot be assumed. The politicized judicial selection process, vocal jurisprudential disagreements in high profile cases, and acrimonious third-party rhetoric have created the appearance of a more fractured, more political, and less collegial judiciary.
The Rodel Judicial Fellowship is designed to reverse these trends. The goals of the Rodel Judicial Fellowship are simple but profound. We strive to give our Judicial Fellows:
New perspectives on the role of the judiciary in our democracy;
An opportunity to discuss and reflect upon our jurisprudential heritage;
Close personal connections with jurists of diverse backgrounds and beliefs; and
An immersion in comparative and international perspectives on judging and the rule of law.
The seminars combine reading-based discussions led by distinguished lawyers and law professors with workshops focused on leadership and the challenges of judicial work. Rodel Judicial Fellows read classical legal texts on American democracy from varying perspectives. The discussions are candid and confidential, allowing participants to fully examine their own ideas and explore those of their colleagues.
For more information, please contact Jeff King.
Class of 2022
Leslie Abrams Gardner
Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Roy K. Altman
Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Chief Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court
John Cannon Few
Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court
J. Michelle Childs
Judge, United States District Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
John D. Couriel
Justice, Florida Supreme Court
Judge, United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Justice, North Carolina State Supreme Court
Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Dolly M. Gee
Judge, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
Justice, Texas Supreme Court
Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma