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Can I or Can't I? Extra-judicial Activity and Judicial Leadership

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Being a judge doesn’t end when the docket does. Experienced judges understand their duties include much more than overseeing a courtroom. A significant part of a judicial officer’s duties also includes leadership in the community, committee participation, meetings with stakeholders, and ensuring access to justice. Many judges also find time to visit schools, work with youth groups, speak at law-related organizations, or volunteer with mock trial teams. Much of this work takes place off the bench, and sometimes, outside of regular work hours.  In this area, you will find resources and information that can help you find opportunities to engage in meaningful work to help support domestic violence and sexual assault response in your community.

  • Applying the informal state opinions to the informal ethical opinions on extrajudicial activity
    Informal judicial ethics opinions issued by the states are presented along with the proposed analytical steps that will assist judges in evaluating whether a proposed activity will meet the rigors of the Code of Judicial Conduct or to assist in the preparation of a request for review by the judicial ethics committee, board or commission.
  • Review of Informal Ethics Opinions on Extrajudicial activity across the nation
    The state-by-state survey of informal judicial ethics opinions spans decades and it is current through December 2017. The survey expands on the categories of opinions to include activities involving domestic violence, elder abuse, child welfare, various specialty courts, and engagement in government bodies and non-profit organizations focused on the law, the legal system and the administration of justice.
  • Comparing Judicial Codes of Conduct to the ABA 2007 Revised Model Code of Judicial Conduct
    Many state codes have adopted the 2007 Revised ABA Model Code and a number of states have begun review of older provisions to consider whether to adopt the 2007 ABA Code revisions. The matrices or grids show the differences between states, the District of Columbia, the territories and some tribes when compared to the Revised ABA Model Code, as well as the number of states and territories that have adopted all or specific portions of the Model Code.

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