A Judicial Conference committee has decided to drop a draft advisory opinion that would have blocked federal judges from belonging to the Federalist Society or the American Constitution Society, pointing to a “lack of consonance” among jurists.
The decision was announced in a Thursday memo sent to all federal judges by Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Director James Duff. The Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct, the body responsible for the draft advisory opinion, described the importance of judicial integrity and urged federal judges to “remain vigilant” about their memberships in groups in a report included in Duff’s memo.
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