The Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) cordially invites you to attend  

IJA's 27th Annual William J. Brennan, Jr. Lecture on State Courts & Social Justice 

Judge Roy W. McLeese III '85, DC Court of Appeals 

on "Trying to Write Fair Opinions" 

Introduction: Victor L. Hou '97, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 

 IJA Faculty Director: Prof. Samuel Estreicher

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

This event is live at NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall

Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square Park South, NY NY
Doors are open 6:00-8:00pm. Lecture 6:15-7:30pm 

This event has been approved for one NYS CLE in the Area of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. 

Register Here!

State courts often have very heavy caseloads. That volume makes writing procedurally fair opinions both particularly challenging and particularly important. Opinions that demonstrate procedural fairness help to foster respect for the legal system by the parties, their attorneys, and the public. Trying to write procedurally fair opinions has an important second benefit, because the techniques for writing such opinions also tend to improve accuracy and substantive justice.


Judge McLeese will discuss two related questions:  (1) What makes an opinion procedurally fair?; and (2) What practical techniques can judges use to try to write procedurally fair opinions?  The specific topics discussed will include judicial humility; clarity and consistency; tone; keeping an open mind; evenhandedness; transparency; and timeliness. 


This lecture is free of charge.