The Third Branch
Wisconsin to host Midwest justices
On Oct. 17-18, for the first time ever, the Midwest Conference of Supreme Court Justices and State Court Administrators will take place in Wisconsin. The National Center for State Courts and the Conference of Chief Justices are organizing the event, and Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson is spearheading it locally.
Chief justices, justices and court administrators from 12 states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) will be participating.
The educational sessions will include highlights of recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Law Professors Erwin Chemerinsky (dean of the University of California – Irvine School of Law) and John Eastman (who teaches at Chapman University School of Law in California) will present this case law review.
The conference will also include sessions on ethics and technology in the court system, including a presentation on Facebook and other social media, and a panel discussion of the courts’ relationship with the media and public. In addition, there will be a roundtable discussion of issues challenging supreme courts today.
One educational session will be broadcast live from the UW-Madison Pyle Center via videoconference to provide an interactive venue for justices and administrators unable to attend the conference in person.