The symposium held on friday February 21, 2014 focused on the increasing ethical challenges faced by members of the judiciary due to the changing dynamics of both their jobs and the legal profession as a whole. Three panels composed of judges, attorneys and professors examined: (1) judicial elections and their effect on decision-making; (2) collegiality and civility between the bench and the bar; and (3) the mechanics of the judicial disciplinary process.
The event also featured keynote addresses by David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Marsha Ternus, former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.


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Friday, February 21st
9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

Lonnie T. Brown, University of Georgia School of Law
Rebecca H. White, University of Georgia School of Law

Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

Collegiality and Decorum on the Bench

David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

10:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Judicial Civility, Collegiality & Professionalism

Bruce Green, Fordham University Law School
David Levi, Duke University Law School
Margaret Tarkington, Indiana University - Indianapolis School of Law
Edward Tarver, U.S. Attorney Middle District of Georgia
Matthew I. Hall, University of Georgia School of Law

Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Judges often admonish lawyers for behaving in uncivil or unprofessional ways towards one another. This panel will consider whether such judges personally put into practice what they preach. The panelists will examine the level of civility, collegiality, and professionalism exhibited by judges towards one another, as well as towards lawyers and litigants. They will discuss, among other things, the tenor and tone of opinions, judicial responses to criticism by lawyers, intemperate courtroom behavior, and the potential effects of these types of actions on the justice system.

11:30 AM

The Ethics of Judicial Selection, Campaigning and Decision-making

Marsha Ternus, Former Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court

Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Judicial Elections

Charles Geyh, Indiana University - Bloomington School of Law
Steve C. Jones, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta
Joanna Shepherd-Bailey, Emory University School of Law
Penny White, University of Tennessee - Knoxville College of Law
Richard Vining, University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs

Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Examines the ethical and professionalism issues that arise in the context of judicial elections. The panelists will discuss and evaluate the efficacy of the various models of judicial elections, as well as the ethical challenges presented by campaigning and campaign finance. In addition, the panel will consider the potential effect of the election process on judicial decision-making, including possible influence on actual outcomes and the necessity for recusal. Special attention given to recent judicial elections in Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Judicial Misconduct

M. Gino Brogdon Sr., Former Judge, State and Superior Courts of Fulton County; Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc., Atlanta
Jeffrey R. Davis, Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission
Lawrence J. Fox, Drinker, Biddle & Reath
Robert Ingram, Georgia Judicial Qualifications Council; Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele
Lonnie T. Brown, University of Georgia School of Law

Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, HIrsch Hall

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Explores the apparent rise in the number of judges being subject to disciplinary scrutiny or actual discipline for misconduct on the bench. The panelists assess the true magnitude of the problem, as well as the nature of the misconduct involved and possible reasons for the increased disciplinary attention. In addition, the panel discusses and critiques the judicial disciplinary process in Georgia and elsewhere.