July 01, 2013 Introduction

The Delicate Balance of Duty and Impartiality

By Marla N. Greenstein

As a judicial ethics professional who fields ethical questions from judges daily, I experience few weeks where judges do not call with questions surrounding judicial disqualification and disclosure issues. While many specific disqualifying interests are listed in statutes and the various Codes of Judicial Conduct, every jurisdiction has some form of ABA Rule 2.11 requiring disqualification where “the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” While an objective standard, it is far from clear in any given situation. The articles in this issue explore the evolution of this standard and how it has been applied.

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