Charles Gardner Geyh

Charles Gardner Geyh

John F. Kimberling Professor of Law

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin 1980
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin School of Law 1983
  • Selected as a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
  • Advisor to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Senate Confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court (1992)
  • Special Counsel, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, Washington, D.C. (1991)
  • Counsel, United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C. (1989-1991)
  • Associate, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. (1984-1989)
  • Clerk, Hon. Thomas A. Clark, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, Ga. (1983-1984)

Professor Geyh teaches and writes in the areas of judicial conduct, ethics, procedure, independence, accountability and administration. He is the author of Courting Peril: The Political Transformation of the American Judiciary (Oxford University Press, 2015); 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 (2d ed. Federal Judicial Center 2011); coauthor of Judicial Conduct and Ethics (5th ed., Lexis Law Publishing 2013) (with Alfini, Lubet and Shaman); and Understanding Civil Procedure (5th ed. 2013) (with Shreve and Raven-Hansen); 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 has served as an expert witness in the Senate impeachment trial of Federal District Judge G. Thomas Porteous; director of and consultant to the ABA Judicial Disqualification Project, and as reporter to four ABA commissions (the Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary, the Commission on the Public Financing of Judicial Campaigns, and the Commission on the Separation of Powers and Judicial Independence). He has likewise served as director of the American Judicature Society's Center for Judicial Independence; consultant to the Parliamentary Development Project on Judicial Independence and Administration for the Supreme Rada of Ukraine; assistant special counsel to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on the impeachment and removal of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen; consultant to the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal; and legislative liaison to the Federal Courts Study Committee.

Geyh received his B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1980 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin law school in 1983, after which he clerked for the Honorable Thomas A. Clark on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, worked as an associate at the Washington D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling, and served as counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, before beginning his teaching career in 1991. He joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1999, has served as the law school’s associate dean for research, and is the recipient of three faculty fellowships, three Trustees' Teaching Awards, and two Leon Wallace Teaching Awards. In 2016, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, the recipient of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation 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.”
Selected Works
  • WHAT'S LAW GOT TO DO WITH IT?: WHAT JUDGES DO, WHY THEY DO IT, AND WHAT'S AT STAKE. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011.
  • JUDICIAL DISQUALIFICATION: AN ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL LAW, 2nd Ed. Washington D.C.: Federal Judicial Center, 2010.
  • REPORTERS' NOTES TO THE MODEL CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT (with W. William Hodes). Chicago: American Bar Association, 2009.
  • The Endless Judicial Selection Debate and Why It Matters for Judicial Independence, 21 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS 1259 (2008).
  • Methods of Judicial Selection and Their Impact on Judicial Independence, 137 DAEDALUS 86 (2008).
  • Straddling the Fence Between Truth and Pretense: The Role of Law and Preference in Judicial Decision Making and the Future of Judicial Independence, 22 NOTRE DAME JOURNAL OF LAW, ETHICS & PUBLIC POLICY 435 (2008).
  • Taking Disqualification Seriously (with Kathleen Lee), 92 JUDICATURE 12 (2008).
  • WHEN COURTS AND CONGRESS COLLIDE: THE STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL OF AMERICA'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM, Paperback Ed. (with foreword by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008.
  • Judicial Conduct and Ethics (with Jeffrey Shaman, Steven Lubet & James Alfini), Newark: Matthew Bender & Company (forthcoming 2007)
  • Preserving Public Confidence in the Courts in an Age of Individual Rights and Public Skepticism, in BENCH-PRESS: THE COLLISION OF MEDIA, POLITICS, PUBLIC PRESSURE AND AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY: Palo Alto: Stanford University Press (forthcoming 2007)
  • When Courts and Congress Collide: The Struggle For Control of America's Judicial System, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (2006)