Professor Don Judges has diverse academic and professional interests. Since 1989, he has taught constitutional law, law and mental health systems, criminal procedure, professional responsibility, civil rights, jurisprudence, evidence, and torts.
Professor Judges earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. He graduated with highest honors in 1983 from University of Maryland School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review, served as an Asper Fellow with Judge Patricia Wald on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and received many academic awards. Professor Judges clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then practiced law with Arnold & Porter, where he worked on securities litigation, Indian law, real estate, bankruptcy, and legislative projects.
His primary research interests involve the interdisciplinary application of psychological theory to substantive areas. He has published articles on the social psychology of capital punishment, eyewitness evidence, the psychology of risk preference and tort law, authoritarianism and the feminist anti-pornography movement, and the affirmative action debate and disadvantaged neighborhoods. He is the author of Hard Choices, Lost Voices, a book on the abortion conflict.
In 1999, he earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tulsa. He serves as reporter to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions (Civil) and serves with local law enforcement agencies as a certified law enforcement instructor, crisis negotiator, and part-time officer.
Hard Choices Lost Voices: How the Abortion Conflict Had Divided America, Distorted Constitutional Rights, and Damaged the Courts by Donald P. Judges. (Ivan R. Dee Publisher, 1993). In a powerful indictment of the battle over abortion rights, Mr. Judges charges that the conflict has divided society, distorted constitutional rights, and damaged the courts.