|Not the CJ's LEAF, b/c his, is named Pearl, isn't blue.|
Yeah, ok, he's the chief of the circuit. But he can be a litigant too. (Quote from Professor Lubet: "Judges are allowed, just like anyone else, to assert consumer claims, including objections to class action settlements.") An Article III judge is going to rule the same way regardless of a "celebrity" litigant, right? As the Supreme Court made clear recently in Vance, for example, under Title VII, a supervisor must be able to take tangible employment action against the victim. The Chief does not control Judge O'Connell's "job" in that way.
Hey bar groups, here's a proposed program topic: The CJ & PJ as Litigant, starring CJ Kozinski and PJ Gilbert!