Disorder in the Court: An Attorney’s Guide to Judicial Misconduct
Rule 8.3 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct indicates that “a lawyer who knows that that a judge has committed a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct that raises a substantial question as to the judge's fitness for office shall inform the appropriate authority.” Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct explains that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to knowingly assist a judge in conduct that is a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct. Therefore, it is incumbent on every attorney to also be familiar with the rules of Judicial Conduct in the jurisdictions where they appear and the type of conduct that is to be expected from the Bench.
In this presentation, attorneys will gain a working knowledge of the Rules of Judicial Conduct through a review of recent ethics decisions where judges were disciplined for ethical misconduct.
Attorneys will also learn what they can do if they observe judicial misconduct.
Past attendees have described this presentation as “educational, engaging, entertaining, lively, informative, humorous, useful and really well done.”
Philip Bogdanoff is a nationally recognized continuing legal education speaker on the topics of ethics, professionalism, and other related topics. Previously, as an attorney, he served as assistant prosecutor in the Summit County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office for more than 25 years, beginning in 1981. Mr. Bogdanoff argued cases before the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals and twenty cases before the Ohio Supreme Court including six death penalty cases - before retiring as a senior assistant prosecutor.
He is the author of numerous articles on ethics, professionalism and other related legal topics and has taught the members of numerous organizations including the National Association of Legal Administrators, as well as numerous state and local Bar associations, Prosecuting Attorney's Associations, and law firms. More information about Mr. Bogdanoff is available on his Web site at http://www.philipbogdanoff.com/.