Justice Alito Speaks in Wynne Courtroom at Conference on Legislative-Judicial Relations
United States Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Alito, Jr., gave the keynote address at a conference on "Relations Between Congress and the Federal Courts," on September 14.
The one day event was hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association. In addition to Alito, members of Congress and the judiciary gathered to discuss the topic of improving communication and relations between the two branches of government. An audience of over 150 attorneys and judges attended the event in the Wynne Courtroom, where IU School of Law – Indianapolis faculty, Prof. Gerard Magliocca and Associate Dean Jeff Grove also spoke, as well as Dean Gary Roberts.
A morning panel of U.S. Representatives Mike Pence, '86, Baron Hill and Brad Ellsworth discussed issues from Capital Hill’s perspective, such as congressional oversight and the independence of the judiciary. A panel of Federal judges convened in the afternoon session to discuss the issues from the point of view of the bench, including the differing relations the two branches of government have with the media and the influence that has on public perception of judicial actions. The judicial panel included Randall T. Shepard, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice; Larry McKinney, Chief Judge of the Southern District; Robert Miller, Jr., ’75, Chief Judge of the Northern District; and Sarah Evans Barker, U.S. District Judge and President of the Federal Judges Association.