Courts, COVID, and Vaccinations: What Have We Learned? What Are We Still Learning?

Court Ethics January 2021 Vaccination Survey Results The Coronavirus has hobbled our nation’s court systems for most of 2020.  Here in the first quarter of 2021, we are faced with new hope but also new challenges.  No matter how quickly the vaccines are distributed, it appears likely that restrictions will remain in place for most … Continue reading Courts, COVID, and Vaccinations: What Have We Learned? What Are We Still Learning?

Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?

September 30, 2019 news headline: “Kansas federal judge reprimanded for sexual misconduct.”[1] The Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the public reprimand (the most severe sanction it could impose) after an extensive investigation of employee complaints. Closer to home, a local court administrator was terminated recently after many years of inappropriate … Continue reading Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Gift Ethics Issues!

Happy holidays to all – here’s wishing everyone a joyous and peaceful end of 2018. At this time of year many of us want to give back to others in our lives, be they family, friends, or professional relations. In the courts we often receive expressions of appreciation, often from well-meaning attorneys who practice in … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Gift Ethics Issues!

The 2018 NACM Annual Conference in Atlanta: Ethics and Active Engagement

The sessions on Monday, presented by the Hon. Susan Sabers, Karl Thoennes III, and Peter C. Kiefer, featured lively discussions as audience members role-played various characters in two scenarios and the entire audience voted on the ethics of the drama using the electronic voting method PollEverywhere. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About Courts and … Continue reading The 2018 NACM Annual Conference in Atlanta: Ethics and Active Engagement