About this Program

As more and more judges are using social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin), their private lives have been exposed to the public and created potent fodder for attorneys to use to disqualify them.  In this Ethics program, attorney Sheldon Trubatch discusses judicial recusal and the circumstances where it may be appropriate.  Mr. Trubatch begins his presentation by providing a general introduction to recusal and the standards that litigants must establish in order to succeed in their application. He then provides examples of state and federal cases where judges’ impartiality was challenged in various situations (including a gay judge ruling on the gay marriage amendment in California and Justice Scalia's relationship with Vice President Cheney with respect to a FOIA case).  Mr. Trubatch concludes his presentation by going over the ethical standards that have been established with respect to a judge’s use of social media, and the actions that would warrant recusal. Although it is not to be used as a tactical advantage in litigation, recusal should strongly be considered by litigants who feel that their case may be jeopardized because of a judge’s ethical conflicts or other biases.

Agenda:
I.     Introduction to Recusal
II.    Federal Law
III.   Examples of Recusal and Non-Recusal
IV.   State Recusal Law
V.    Recusal and Social Media
VI.   Final Recusal Considerations

Reviews

John G
Highland, NY

Well done. Useful and very informative.

William
Freehold, NJ

Thank you.

John C.
Yonkers, NY

good use of examples especially state by state vs. federal

Stellyne
Raleigh, NC

Thank you!

Kevin
San Antonio, TX

Good stuff

Jeff

good content

JOHN
Rio Grande City, TX

Very interesting cases.

Diane
New City, NY

Interesting

Patricia
Navasota, TX

good material but speaker very dry

Otis
Cleveland,

Relevant and recommended

Murray
Laredo, TX

Essential For the Federal Pactitioner

Tonye
Denver, CO

Great Presentation

Maria
Brooklyn,

Excellent.

Neal H.
Houston, TX

very timely topic and very thorough coverage of it

John
El Paso, TX

Helpful general principals, but light on specifics for Texas.

Burl
Hutto, TX

very informative

Donna
Irving, TX

Good information

Steven
Dallas, TX

Important cutting edge topic.

Kelly
Kingsbury, TX

Good speaker.

Kay
Arlington, VA

Excellent program by very informative and thorough speaker.

Yibing
Hong Kong, NY

good overview

michael
Greenwood Village, CO

Highly relevant topic

marcia
Crystal Lake, IL

I like Mr. Trubatch's speaking style, he is very natural and I prefer a slower pace to better digest the material.

Daniel
Metaire, LA

A very thorough analysis of important issues which are becoming more prevalent.

Rickey
Caledonia, MI

Concise and informative speaker. Made sure key messages were clearly communicated.

Ronald
Castle Rock, CO

Very interesting and thought provoking.

Andrew
Denver, CO

Speaker was obviously well versed in this subject, and e made it interesting !

Arron
Denver, CO

Not the liveliest of speakers but good on substance

Rating

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Production Date

August 30, 2011

Credits

Alaska
1.5 Ethics
Arizona
1.5 Ethics
California
1.5 Ethics
Colorado
2 Ethics
North Dakota
1.5 Ethics
New York
1.5 Ethics
Georgia
1.5 Ethics
Illinois
1.5 Ethics
TBLS
1.5 General