Judge Judith C. Berzon has served on the California Supreme Court for more than 30 years.
She is now an attorney at the firm of Berzon & Berzon and is author of the new book Judge for the Future: How to win elections, lead communities, and build justice for all.
In this excerpt from Judge Berzon’s new book, she discusses the issues facing judges today, the role of the press in a changing political climate, and the need to remain true to our Constitution.
Judge Berzons views on the role the press plays in a more polarized era have not changed much in 30 years, and this book highlights the importance of a free press for our democracy.
Judge Borman: The role of media in a climate of polarization is a big question in our times.
I think what you are trying to do is give the public an opportunity to get their opinions and have them heard.
I’m not saying you can’t have some discussion about that, but it needs to be the right way to do it.
I don’t think you should be talking to the media about what you think is fair, right?
And I think we have to have a conversation about that and have it be fair.
I would like to think that you have a lot of people who have a vested interest in this, and I think there’s a lot more to the story than just the media.
Is there a way that you could tell the American public a story that is less partisan?
Judge Berzan: The first thing is, I’m a liberal.
My mother was a Democrat.
My grandmother was a Republican.
My brother was a Democratic, and my sister was a liberal Republican.
And my sister is in the Supreme Court, so I guess I’m in the liberal wing.
The reason I’m saying that is because I think the way we have done things in the past has been in a way which is very unbalanced.
And so I think that is something that we have been trying to change.
I have been in the public eye for a long time and I feel I can tell the public what is going on in the world, and that I think is more honest.
I know I’ve had to talk to people about some things that I don ‘t think are fair, and some things I do think are unfair.
And I’m trying to make sure that I speak honestly, and people can see that.
So I don’ t know how that would work.
It depends on the person.
It’ s like if you know how to talk, you can talk to someone.
So that’ s the only way I know how.
But if you don’t know how, you don’ re going to talk about it.
Judge S: Judge Berzone, as a jurist and a jurisprudential analyst, has done a lot to develop and improve our understanding of the First Amendment, the Constitution, and our democracy in the United States.
Judge C: So Judge Berzin says we can use our judicial power to ensure that the First and Second Amendments are honored and respected.
Judge D: That’ s an important message, and it’ s one that Judge Berzo says he understands, because he was a lawyer, and he went to law school.
And he has a good grasp of the law and how the courts are run.
Judge E: And then he has also written an amazing book called Judge for Tomorrow.
Judge F: That is what Judge Berzagons book is about.
And Judge D says, we need to be able to hold people accountable.
Judge G: And that is one of the reasons that Judge J has been able to take so many of the most important decisions about how to balance our public institutions.
Judge H: And he is not a member of the Supreme court, so we can’t really talk about his view.
Judge J: But the Supreme courts, for the most part, are very democratic, and in a political climate where people are being more vocal about what they think are good or bad policies, they tend to be very cautious.
Judge K: So they are cautious in their decisions.
They tend to hold back from making decisions that would make them look bad.
Judge L: And the judges are also worried about getting a reputation for being a very liberal judge.
Judge M: So I think it’ re important that we, as judges, keep a liberal streak.
Judge N: The judges have been reluctant to have the American people, as citizens, hear them say things like, you know, I think you are being a liberal judge and I would say that’s fine.
I am sure that the people would be fine with that.
Judge P: And I would not want to be perceived as being a political figure.
Judge R: I think, you do need to talk with the American citizens about this and to listen to their concerns, because there is a lot that you can learn from them. Judge T