Article III Groupie is tremendously excited about the latest addition to UTR, Questions Presented: Article III Groupie Interviews Federal Judicial Celebrities! Inspired by 20 Questions for the Appellate Judge over at How Appealing, as well as the "20 Questions" series at Crescat Sententia, A3G has decided to try her hand at celebrity interviews.
Alas, Article III Groupie can't do interviews without interviewees. So she hereby requests a brave volunteer to serve as the first interviewee for "Questions Presented." She is looking for a federal judge with a robust sense of humor, who doesn't take himself or herself too seriously (despite taking his or her judicial duties quite seriously), and who is willing to allow A3G to engage in a little "sub-robe probing."
To encourage positive responses, Article III Groupie makes the following promises to prospective interviewees:
(1) her 20 questions, to be be posed and answered over e-mail, will be devoid of substantive legal discussion (no surprise there);
(3) if you feel a question is inappropriate--which is not inconceivable, since A3G has been known to explore the boundaries of good taste--you may simply decline to answer it (and A3G will, consistent with Griffin v. California, not make fun of or otherwise comment on your exercising the right to remain silent); and
(4) any interviewee will be entitled to immunity from gentle mockery in the pages of UTR for, um, "a while."
Now, some of you Article III jurists are surely thinking, "Hmm, this actually sounds like fun. But isn't Underneath Their Robes beneath the dignity of the federal judiciary? Wouldn't an epistolary romance with the dubiously named 'Article III Groupie' torpedo my chances for elevation?"
To assuage your concerns, A3G would point out that she has corresponded with several federal judges, as well as several state court judges, since the debut of UTR. Most of these communications have been conducted on a confidential basis, pursuant to UTR's standard operating procedure. But A3G has also corresponded with two federal judicial superstars--Judge Alex Kozinski and Judge Richard Posner--and has, with permission, published their missives in these pages. And so, if you're thinking that consorting with A3G is beneath you, ask yourself: Am I more brilliant, more influential, and more respected than Judge Posner or Judge Kozinski?
(In the interest of hearing from new voices--and further enhancing UTR's legitimacy, by obtaining yet another federal judge willing to publicly associate himself or herself with this blawg--A3G would like to interview a judge other than Judge Kozinski or Judge Posner for the first issue of "Questions Presented." She hopes, however, that one or both of these eminent jurists might be willing to be interviewed in a future installment.)
In closing, to all you federal judges out there: "Hike up your robe a little more; show your world to A3G!"
Ready to prostrate herself before federal judicial divinity,