Conference on Judicial Ethics Planned at OKC University

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A conference, Judicial Ethics in the Spotlight: Balancing Judicial Independence and Judicial Accountability after Republican Party of Minnesota vs. White, will be presented at Sarkeys Law Center at Oklahoma City University on Feb. 4.

The Oklahoma City University School of Law in conjunction with the American Judicature Society, will present the daylong conference.

The United States Supreme Court's decision in White loosened some of the restrictions on campaign speech that candidates for judicial office historically faced, said Alex P. Long, conference organizer and an OCU law professor.

As the most recent round of judicial elections in the states suggests, the court's decision has already had a dramatic influence on judicial elections and has raised numerous questions about the future of judicial selection and judicial ethics more generally.

Speakers will include Cynthia Gray, director of the American Judicature Society's Center for Judicial Ethics, who will lead a session entitled Campaign Misconduct and the Judicial Discipline Process, and Rachel Paine Caufield, research and program consultant to the Hunter Center for Judicial Selection at the American Judicature Society, who will lead The Republican Party of Minnesota v. …