ABA to Hold Hearings on Model Code of Judicial Conduct

CHICAGO, Feb. 2, 2004– The _ Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct will host the second in a series of public hearings on issues related to the Code during the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Antonio. The hearing will be Friday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Live Oak Conference Room.

The hearing provides an opportunity for members of the judiciary, the ABA, and the public to comment on various issues related to judicial ethics. The commission is considering, among other things, whether the Model Code should be reformatted, whether and how the “appearance of impropriety” standard is enforceable, whether changes are needed to address judicial campaign speech issues and whether the rise in pro se litigants requires additional or modified ethics regulations.

The hearing will include testimony from:

  • Judge Monica Gonzalez and Seana Willing, Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct;
  • Guy Harrison, immediate past president of the State Bar of Texas;
  • Judge Lamar McCorkle, Texas Center for the Judiciary;
  • Judge Wendell Griffen, Arkansas Court of Appeals.

The commission includes judges and experts in the field of judicial and legal ethics, and is a joint project of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

The _ is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are welcome to attend this hearing.

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