Facilitating Communications Across the Bench

By Marla N. Greenstein

In my over 30 years of working in the field of judicial ethics, I have observed a marked increase in awareness of the need to provide professional distance between judges and lawyers to ensure fair and impartial proceedings. While overall a very good thing, the downside of this professional distance is a lack of needed communication and empathy. Recognizing this communication gulf, judges and lawyers have developed very conscious mechanisms to facilitate communications that in the past were informal.

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