Prof. Michelle Ghetti attended annual meeting of United States Supreme Court Fellows, Feb. 25


Prof. Michelle Ghetti attended the annual meeting of the Fellows of the United States Supreme Court on February 25, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

This year the two-day event, sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society, included a presentation by Justice Stephen Breyer on how world events and law affect the Supreme Court, a reception and banquet at the Supreme Court building, and a meeting of alumni fellows from around the country.

Each year, the Supreme Court selects four individuals to spend one year as fellows working for the Supreme Court of the United States, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, or the United States Sentencing Commission. Fellows are given the opportunity to gain exposure to judicial administration, policy-making, and educational programs. Chief Justice Warren Burger created the fellowship program in 1973 with an aim toward giving talented individuals a first-hand understanding of the judicial branch.

Prof. Ghetti served as a 2012-13 fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. In this role, she taught judicial delegations from 75 different countries, helped write a benchbook for federal magistrate judges, and created a training video for the “Cameras in the Courtroom Project,” among a number of other initiatives. During the year she was a Supreme Court fellow, she also taught evidence and legal ethics as an adjunct professor at the law schools of American University and Georgetown University.

Ghetti, SULC’s Louisiana Outside Counsel Health and Ethics Endowed Professor of Law, teaches courses in and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, trial advocacy, evidence, family law, and law & religion. She also works closely with the Louisiana Judicial College, the Louisiana Law Institute, and numerous other groups and individuals with issues involving education and policy-making and has written and/or consulted on numerous pieces of legislation each year. She served for many years on the Louisiana Indigent Defense Board and has written the Capital Trial Benchbook and the Best Practices Criminal Benchbook for Louisiana judges. She currently serves on the Louisiana State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.