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Charles Schudson

Charles Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus, teacher, and author. He served as a state and federal prosecutor, a trial and appellate judge, an adjunct professor at the Marquette and Wisconsin law schools, and as a Fulbright Scholar teaching at law schools abroad. Judge Schudson also was the Law and Literature Scholar in Residence at Lawrence University and for fifteen years, he has taught for Lawrence University’s Björklunden Seminars in Baileys Harbor. He has been a featured guest on NPR, PBS, and Oprah. Since 1963, Charlie has been biking, camping, hiking, and eating too much cherry pie in Door County. With his wife, Karen (also a member of the Björklunden faculty), Charlie and their children and grandchildren may be found at fish boils and in Door County’s superb theatres and state parks.
Books are available through the Door County library system and wherever books are sold, including


Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions

University of Wisconsin Press, 2018; Kindle edition, 2022).


Judge Schudson understands how judges really make their decisions. He exposes the personal, professional, and political pressures now threatening judicial integrity. In 2018-19, Independence Corrupted was honored with a Figure Foundation award and nominations for three others including the National Book Award.

On Trial: America’s Courts and Their Treatment of Sexually Abused Children

Beacon Press, 1989; 2d ed., 1991 


A ground-breaking work when published years ago, On Trial, still in print, is generally considered the definitive work analyzing how America’s justice systems can enhance sensitivity and gain fairness for abused children.

Other Works


include hundreds of published appellate opinions as well as dozens of
published articles and chapters (see

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