Another Successful National College on Judicial Conduct and Ethics Concludes in Chicago
Gray, Cynthia, Judicature
After a three-year hiatus, the 22nd National College on Judicial Conduct and Ethics was held Oct. 26-28 at the Wyndham Chicago. Approximately 190 people from 35 states, Washington D. C., Guam and Canada attended. Also present were members and staff of judicial conduct commissions and judicial ethics advisory committees; state court judges; judges on tribal courts; representatives from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Justice at Stake, and the American Bar Association; staff for a state legislator; and a reporter. Many were attending for the first time, but many more were back after attending five or more previous Colleges.
After a reception on Wednesday evening, the College began with a Thursday morning plenary "conversation on disqualification" that included a history of disqualification from Richard Flamm, author of Judicial Disqualification of Judges: Récusai and Disqualification of Judges, a persona! perspective by former judge and current AJS President Peter Webster, and the results of an online survey on current issues in disqualification. After that discussion, there were five break-out sessions - each with three concurrent programs- until the College's conclusion at noon on Friday.
The break-out sessions included an introduction to the canons for new members of judicial conduct commissions and a session dedicated to public members. As in past Colleges, participants enjoyed the session on determining the appropriate sanction that allowed them to "vote" on what they would have imposed in actual judicial discipline cases based on an examination of relevant criteria. …