The Judge as Umpire
Is impartial and effective judging really a matter of calling judicial ball and strikes, as United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts memorably described the role of judge during his confirmation process? The analogy has some merit, according to the Hon. Brett Kavanaugh, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Delivering the 2015 Saint John XXIII Lecture at the Columbus School of Law on March 30, Judge Kavanaugh said the comparison of jurist to baseball umpire goes only so far, but there are some similarities. A primary one is avoiding any semblance of partisanship.
Kavanaugh, The Honorable Brett M., "The Judge as Umpire" (2015). Saint Pope John XXIII Lecture Series. 2.