The Emotionally Intelligent Judge: A New (and Realistic) Ideal

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Terry A. Maroney

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Date Written: November 10, 2013


Judges, like all of us, have been acculturated to an ideal of dispassion. But judges experience emotion on a regular basis. Judicial emotion must be managed competently. The psychology of emotion regulation can help judges learn to prepare realistically for, and respond thoughtfully to, the emotions they are bound to feel. This short piece, written for a judicial audience, synthesizes research that can help judges accept, analyze, and shape the emotional aspects of their work.

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Maroney, Terry A., The Emotionally Intelligent Judge: A New (and Realistic) Ideal (November 10, 2013). 49 Court Review 100 (2013), Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 15-33, Available at SSRN:

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