ABA Membership Could Call Judges' Objectivity Into Question

By Aebra Coe (January 21, 2020, 9:30 PM EST) -- Federal judges should tread carefully when thinking about renewing their membership in the American Bar Association, considering whether their involvement could lead to any doubt about their impartiality, while membership in groups like the Federalist Society is completely off limits, according to a new draft on judicial ethics guidance.

Membership in the conservative Federalist Society and liberal American Constitution Society is off limits for federal judges because the political nature of those organizations could bring member judges' impartiality on the bench into question, and membership in the ABA could be an issue in some circumstances, according to a draft opinion that...

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