Faculty & Scholarship

Judicial Ethics

April 9 - 10, 2010

Judicial Ethics and Accountability: At Home and Abroad

What does it mean to be an ethical judge? How can judges preserve independence yet remain accountable? After a year in which a new Justice was confirmed to the Supreme Court, a Supreme Court decision offered the potential to transform judicial elections across the country, sanctions were considered for judges because of their internet postings and activities, and politicians in California blamed the judiciary for the cost of government business, this Symposium considered issues of ethics, accountability and independence for the judiciary in America and internationally. Domestic experts were joined by members of the judiciary and international tribunals for a wide-ranging and timely set of discussions of pressing issues, reflecting on recent events and charting the way forward.

The two-day event was chaired by Professor Paul D. Paton, Director, Ethics Across the Professions Initiative, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

First-day panel topics:

  • The Ethical Judge
  • Judicial Elections, Financing and the Independence of the Bench
  • The California Commission for Impartial Courts
  • Roundtable - Judges, (in)Civility and the Media

Second-day panels:

  • Regulating Ethics: Judicial Education and Codes of Conduct
  • Ethics for Judges and Tribunals: An International Perspective

MCLE CREDIT

This program was approved for Ethics MCLE credit by The State Bar of California for 5.25 hours for Friday and 4.25 hours for Saturday. Pacific McGeorge School of Law certified that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

*This event was co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Sacramento Chapter.