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Judge Scheindlin on Judicial Conflicts of Interest

Stroock, Published: Mutual Funds could salve Federal Judicary's Conflict headaches" iwith Judge Shira A. Sheindlin's picture and Law 360 logo

The Wall Street Journal has chronicled the federal judiciary’s financial disclosure forms and has highlighted instances where judges may have been trading stocks at the same time they were hearing cases on companies whose stock they may have purchased or sold. The Hon. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin (ret.) authored some of the most influential eDiscovery opinions in the years before she stepped down from the bench. She serves as counsel to Stroock with a practice including arbitration and mediation.

Judge Scheindlin has some advice for sitting judges that she shared with Law360.

In “Mutual Funds Could Salve Fed. Judiciary’s Conflict Headaches” on Law360, Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin advises federal judges to put their money into mutual or index funds, rather than individual stocks, to promote confidence that courts are impartial when deciding on financial cases.

From the perspective of the appearance of impropriety, judges need to be more careful, and a simple solution is using mutual funds and avoiding trading individual stocks. I just don’t know why more judges don’t do that.”

The Hon. Judge Shira Scheindlin (ret.)

To read the full article, click here.

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Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.


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