The fair courts world has lost one of its founding spirits. Roy Schotland, Professor Emeritus at the Georgetown University Law Center, passed away on January 26, surrounded by his family. Long before there was a fair courts field, he was sounding the alarm about how judicial elections were becoming risks to our justice system and our democracy.
Roy was one of those polymaths that the law attracts. He clerked for Justice William Brennan, practiced law, and taught at Virginia and Penn before coming to Georgetown. He wrote treatises and other works on administrative law, securities, pensions, election law and campaign finance, and he advised the Federal Reserve Board, the American Bar Association, the National Center for State Courts and numerous state chief justices. A decade ago, when Justice at Stake decided to give an award for scholarship in the field of fair courts, it appointed a committee of scholars that took very little time in selecting the obvious choice. We had a nice ceremony to honor Roy at the Harvard Law School, where we were welcomed by Dean Elena Kagan.
Roy was one of life’s connoisseurs, delighting in good stories and interesting language, in food and museums and the giddiness of grandparenting. He was a careful observer and a tough questioner. And he was something of an old-school blogger, sending out missives (more…)