Path To Well Being In LawTerry Maroney

Terry Maroney is Professor of Law, Professor of Medicine, Health and Society, and the Robert S. and Theresa L. Reder Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, as well as a Chancellor Faculty Fellow and Discovery Grant awardee at Vanderbilt University. Professor Maroney researches the interaction of emotion and law, with a focus on the role of emotion in judicial experience and behavior. She is a leader in state and federal judicial education on these topics, and is the co-founder and co-director of the Mid-Career Seminar for U.S. District Judges, a joint project with the Federal Judicial Center that has expanded to the entire federal judiciary. An interdisciplinary scholar who brings the insights of psychology and sociology to bear on questions of law, Professor Maroney also serves on the board of the Society for Affective Science. Her publications include foundational works on law and emotion; extensive explorations of judicial emotion and its regulation; and a recent article offering a new, psychologically-grounded theory of judicial temperament. Professor Maroney is conducting a national, interview-based study of the human element in judging, as well as a study of the judicial wellness movement; she is also part of a multi-national study of judges and prosecutors’ construction of objectivity. She graduated from Oberlin College and New York University School of Law (summa cum laude); clerked for the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and was a litigator at the Urban Justice Center (where she was a Skadden Fellow) and at the New York office of WilmerHale.