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RESTRICTIONS – A proposal is afoot that seeks to ban federal judges from being members of the conservative Federalist Society and the liberal American Constitution Society. Jacqueline Thomsen reports that an advisory draft opinion written by a Judicial Conference committee says that a judge’s membership in those groups “could reasonably be seen as impairing a judge’s impartiality.” That same body, the Committee on Codes of Conduct, previously found that holding leadership positions in those groups also created the appearance of partiality.

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