Wednesday, April 26, 2023

No SCOTUS ethics code forthcoming

Law360 has Chief Justice Roberts Declines Senate Testimony Request  -- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declined a request to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about how the court handles ethical issues in a letter Tuesday, but attached a "Statement on Ethics Principles and Practices" that he said is subscribed to by each of the current justices.

Bloomberg Law has Supreme Court Commits to Ethics, Stopping Short of Binding Code and has Roberts Declines Durbin's 'Invitation' to Testify on Ethics -- Roberts cited "separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence" in declining an invitation to testify before senators about Supreme Court ethics reform.

Today's DJ has When it comes to law schools, Biden’s judge picks aren’t diverse -- Of the president’s 30 nominees to the 9th Circuit and California district courts, 25 have attended one of six elite law schools: Yale, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Chicago.

For a century after the 1880s, the percentage of federal district judges who graduated from law schools ranked in the top 20 increased steadily, peaking in the early 1980s at 50%, [Prof. Jason] Iuliano wrote in “The New Diversity Crisis in the Federal Judiciary,” a 2017 article.