June 13, 2019

Once a Lawyer, Always a Lawyer? The Question of Regulation For “Off-Duty” and Judicial Conduct By Lawyers and Bar Applicants - Breakout #2

Friday, June 1 
(9:00 - 10:20am)

Moderator: Nancy Cohen
Panelists: Sophie Martin, Frances Rosinski, Jack Weiss

Should a judge face disciplinary prosecution for misconduct committed by the judge while holding the “official” office for actions not involving dishonesty, deceit, misrepresentation, fraud, or criminal misconduct?  Should a lawyer be disciplined for a misdemeanor DUI 1st for which she receives no jail time?  Should an applicant for admission be denied after posting a photograph on Facebook depicting his illegal drug use?  This panel will explore the question of when and how an individual’s “off-duty” conduct should be addressed by regulators, as well as the question of whether attorney regulators should seek disciplinary sanctions for improper judicial conduct or completely defer to judicial regulatory authorities. Issues related to regulators’ jurisdictional limits, and practices, procedures and limitations imposed upon regulators by case law, statute and the First Amendment will be explored. 


  1. Matter of Zappin
  2. Outline of Topics and Bibliography

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