Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Vacancy On Supreme Court 2017 - Day 1: Report On Interview #7, Ms. Leslie C. Henderzahs
This is Prof. Joel Schumm's report on the 7th interview of Day 1
Chief Justice Rush returned to the Socrates question and asked Ms. Henderzahs which virtues would be her strong suit and which she would struggle most with. She went through each of the four. She said for 25 years she has been representing families in many different legal situations and roles. It would be most challenging to answer wisely because it would require careful consideration of the law and public policy.
In response to a question about negative things adversaries may say about her, she said one of her biggest adversaries is now of counsel at her firm. He was so angry by her preparation that he literally broke a pencil in his hand. Thus, the attribute would be that she over-prepares.
In interpreting a statute, she would consider the law, the policy behind it, and any debates behind it (then referencing the 1850 constitutional debates).
In response to a question about mediation, Ms. Henderzahs discussed the importance of better understanding a person’s background and life experience to be effective. She said the Supreme Court could highlight the benefits of mediation and perhaps requiring some pre-mediation conferences.
In response to a new question from Ms. Kitchell, prior to your application when is the last time you read a Court opinion outside your practice area. She identified the Evansville smoking ban case.
She would ask the founding fathers if they could summarize the rule of law in a single word. She would hope their answer would be “service.”
She said her most important people skill is “cohesion.” She emphasized the importance of helping people understand the other side.
In response to Mr. Berger’s question, she said the most difficult task of the JNC was to find someone who is well-rounded and would supply what the Court most needs to fill the void created by Justice Rucker. When asked how a “white person” could fill that void, Ms. Herderzahs said it was important to consider the perspective and cultures of others, identifying geographic and other forms of diversity.
In response to Mr. Yakym’s question about interpreting the constitution, she emphasized the importance of judicial restraint and the intent of the framers. She identified the Indianapolis-Marion County redistricting case as an example of judicial independence, where the Court devised its own plan and rejected the partisan ones before it.
In response to a question about law firm culture, Ms. Henderzahs discussed the importance of consensus. Although the lawyers recognize differences, they emphasize commonalities. They have grown from six to forty lawyers. They work to the strengths of each individual while working as a team. She would enjoy the roundtable discussions at the Court.
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