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Maintaining the Public Trust: Ethics for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (Third Edition - 2012) By Federal Judicial Center
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New law clerks: welcome to the federal court system. Career clerks: thank you for your continued service. During your clerkship, you will provide valuable assistance as your judge resolves disputes... More > that are of great importance to the parties, and often to the public. The parties and the public accept judges’ rulings because they trust the system to be fair and impartial. Maintaining this trust is crucial to the continued success of our courts. That’s why, although you have many responsibilities that demand your attention, you must never lose sight of your ethical obligations. You need to become familiar with the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, which has five canons. In brief, the canons provide that you should • uphold the independence and integrity of the judiciary and of your office; • avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all activities; • adhere to appropriate standards in performing your duties; • avoid conflict with official duties and the appearance of impropriety in all...< Less