(Subscription required) A State Bar ethics committee recommended against the agency’s board adopting a proposed rule of professional conduct that would limit when attorneys could disclose a person’s immigration status in criminal and civil cases.
Such recall efforts are a serious threat to judicial independence as judges will fear that unpopular rulings will cost them their jobs. Justice, and all of us, will suffer when judges base their decisions on what will satisfy the voters.
(Subscription required) The judge started a DUI court in 2015 and was so pleased with his foray into the world of collaborative courts that he started two more. He launched a Veteran’s Court in 2016 and a veteran’s diversion calendar for misdemeanor offenders in 2017.