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Charles Gardner Geyh

John F. Kimberling Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University

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, forthcoming 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 60 books, articles, book chapters, reports and other publications.

Geyh has served a number of governments and governmental organizations. He has been a consultant to: the Parliamentary Development Project on Judicial Independence and Administration for the Supreme Rada of Ukraine; the United States Department of Justice in the corruption trial of Pennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella; the Administrative Office of California Courts Task Force on Judicial Campaign Practices; the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on the impeachment and removal of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen; and the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal. In addition, he has served as an expert witness in the United States House and Senate on the impeachment and removal of District Judge G. Thomas Porteous and as legislative liaison to the Federal Courts Study Committee.

Geyh has also assisted a range of other organizations on issues relating to the administration of justice. He has served the American Bar Association as director of and consultant to its Judicial Disqualification Project and as Reporter to four 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 also served on the Board of Directors of the Justice at Stake Campaign; as Reporter to the Constitution Project Task Force on the Distinction between Intimidation and Legitimate Criticism of Judges; as Director of the American Judicature Society's Center for Judicial Independence; and as chair of the editorial committee for the journal Judicature. He is a member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the Pound Civil Justice Institute.

A recipient of the Leon Wallace Teaching Award and a two-time recipient of the IU Trustees' Teaching Award, Geyh has taught courses on civil procedure, legal ethics, federal courts, judicial conduct, and the relationship between courts and legislatures.

Following graduation from University of Wisconsin Law School, Geyh clerked for Judge Thomas A. Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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. Professor Geyh began his teaching career in 1991 at the Widener University School of Law and joined the law faculty at Indiana in 1998.


  • –present
    John F. Kimberling Professor of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington