Judging in the Age of Cable Television
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
Philip Carchman, Administrative Director of the Courts of New Jersey; Judge Edith Clement, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; Judge Martin Feldman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Andrew Napolitano, Fox News; Moderator: Robert P. George, Princeton University
Philip S. Carchman was named as Administrative Director of the Courts of New Jersey in September 2004. Judge Carchman served as a deputy attorney general from 1967 to 1970, was a member of the firm of Carchman, Annich, Sochor & Shuster from 1967 to 1981, and from 1973 to 1981 he served in the part-time position of Municipal Court judge in both Princeton Township and Princeton Borough. In 1981, he was appointed Mercer County Prosecutor by Governor Brendan T. Byrne and served until 1986, when he was appointed to the Superior Court in the Criminal Division in Essex County by Governor Thomas Kean. He was assigned to the Civil Division in Mercer County in 1988 and was named presiding judge of the division in 1990. He also served as the Family Division presiding judge from 1990 to 1993, and then was named presiding judge of General Equity. In 1995, he was appointed assignment judge of the Mercer vicinage and was assigned to the Appellate Division in 1997. He has sat in every judicial assignment, including temporary assignments to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Judge Carchman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce in 1963 and earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1966.
Edith Brown Clement is a judge on the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, she was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and then was elevated to her current post by the current President Bush in 2001 with the support of Democrats and Republicans. Judge Clement clerked for Judge Herbert W. Christenberry for Eastern District of Louisiana, and, prior to her appointment to the federal bench, worked for 16 years as a lawyer in private practice in the New Orleans firm Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre. She specialized in civil litigation involving maritime law, representing oil companies, insurance companies, and the marine services industry in cases before federal courts. Judge Clement received her B.A. from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
Martin Feldman graduated from Tulane Law School in 1957, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Assistant Editor of the Tulane Law Review. Judge Feldman clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then practiced law in New Orleans until 1983. His practice emphasized tax law and complex commercial litigation. In 1983 he was appointed United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President Reagan, and presently serves as the Chairman of the Fifth Circuit's Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions. Judge Feldman was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center and former past Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges. He is a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University, an Honorary Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple Inn of Court, London and was a lecturer in Constitutional Law and War Powers at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. He has also been a guest lecturer at Amherst College in constitutional interpretation and the philosophy of the Rule of Law, has lectured at Princeton on several occasions, and during the Fall of 2002, was a Distinguished Visiting Jurist in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Judge Feldman is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chair of the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review, and was the Fifth Circuit district judge representative on the Judicial Conference of the United States for the 2001-2004 term.
Andrew P. Napolitano, who graduated from Princeton University in 1972 and the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1975, is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. He tried over 150 jury trials, and he sat in all trial parts of the Superior Court: Criminal, Civil, Equity, and Family. For eleven years, he was Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School where he taught constitutional law and jurisprudence and was voted most outstanding professor in three different academic years. Judge Napolitano returned to private law practice in 1995, and has been the Senior Judicial Analyst for the Fox News Channel since 1999. He broadcasts nationwide on Fox every weekday on “The Big Story”, co-hosts “Fox & Friends” and he is a regular on “The O’Reilly Factor”. He is also the co-host of “Brian and The Judge” which is heard daily internationally on Fox Talk Radio. Judge Napolitano is the author of Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws, and The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land, a New York Times bestseller.