Judge and Lawyer Communications

Facilitating Communications Across the Bench

INTRODUCTION

Facilitating Communications Across the Bench

This issue of The Judges’ Journal explores efforts to foster communication between judges and lawyers, with the goal of more efficient courts and improved mutual confidence and respect between both parties.

Judge Dixon offers his opinion that judges should be aware of recurring ethical issues involving the use social media by lawyers and provides a handy “quick perspective” list of commandments about those issues that sometimes play out in the courtroom.

Greenstein contemplates the boundaries between practitioner and judge, which create an appearance of impartiality that the public expects, while also considering the ethical requirements for judges to maintain connections to lawyers and the people they serve.

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