Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Judges and Judging in the U.S.

The Goldfarb Center at Colby College in conjunction with the State-Federal Judicial Council for Maine and the Maine Council on Social Studies has produced a video which contains interviews with many state and federal judges and a detailed (29 page) study guide. The judges talk about how they became interested in the law ("all judges had lives before they became judges..."), their experiences in law school and in their first jobs as lawyers, why they decided to become judges, how they were chosen (election or appointment), examples of prejudice against women. The video goes on to describe the working of the judiciary (state and federal) at the trial and appellate levels.
54 min. no transcript, quicktime
Interesting and useful, but it's best not to watch too closely or you will probably be distracted by the lack of syncronization of lips and sound.