McGeorge School of Law

Forum on Independent Judiciary

A scene from the forum

This panel explored the importance of an independent and impartial judiciary in the United States. The impact of external pressures on individual judges, and the judiciary as a whole, poses a threat to our carefully balanced democratic institutions and diminishes public confidence in the functioning of our courts. This program included distinguished jurists and academic voices exploring the concepts of independence and impartiality in the American justice system. The event video is on YouTube at

Date, Time, Location

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018


Judge Barbara A. Kronlund, Civil Judge Superior Court, San Joaquin County


  • California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye
  • United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. '83
  • Retired Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, Arthur Scotland '74
  • McGeorge Distinguished Professor of Law Michael Vitiello

Co-sponsored by The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at McGeorge.

MCLE Credit: The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. This program has been approved for two hours of MCLE credit. McGeorge School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.