Judicial Recusal in the Digital Age
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.
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
Well done. Useful and very informative.
good use of examples especially state by state vs. federal
Very interesting cases.
good material but speaker very dry
Relevant and recommended
Essential For the Federal Pactitioner
very timely topic and very thorough coverage of it
Helpful general principals, but light on specifics for Texas.
Important cutting edge topic.
Excellent program by very informative and thorough speaker.
Highly relevant topic
I like Mr. Trubatch's speaking style, he is very natural and I prefer a slower pace to better digest the material.
A very thorough analysis of important issues which are becoming more prevalent.
Concise and informative speaker. Made sure key messages were clearly communicated.
Very interesting and thought provoking.
Not the liveliest of speakers but good on substance