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 Judge Laurie Earl Misconduct: California Judges Association Verifies                                                             (58)
 Multiple Code of Judicial Ethics Violations by Judge Pro Tem Attorneys                                                          JUDGE PRO TEM (44)

 Sacramento Family Court Judge Pro Tem State Law                                                                                 ATTORNEY MISCONDUCT
                                                                                                                                  (31)
 Violations Confirmed by California Judges
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 Association
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 The California Judges Association
 this month issued a Judicial Ethics                                                                                             ARTS & CULTURE (21)
 Update [pdf] confirming that many
                                                                                                                                 PETER J. McBRIEN (20)
 Sacramento Family Court judge pro
 tem attorneys are in violation of the                                                                                           SCBA (20)
 California Code of Judicial Ethics
 for misuse of the judge pro tem title on                                                                                        CHILD CUSTODY (19)
 firm websites.
                                                                                                                                 WATCHDOGS (19)
 Last month, we reported that
 prominent, local family law attorneys
                                                                                                                                 CHARLOTTE KEELEY (18)
 who also serve as temporary judges in
                                                                                                                                 EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT
 the same court were using the judge                                                                                              (18)
 pro tem title for advertising and
 promotional purposes on firm web                                                                                                PRO PERS (18)
 pages. Using "the prestige of
 judicial office or use of the judicial                                                                                          ROBERT SAUNDERS (17)
 title in any manner...to advance the
                                                                                                                                 DOCUMENTS (16)
 pecuniary or personal interests of
 the judge or others" is prohibited by
                                                                                                                                 CJP (15)
 state law. To clients and potential
 clients, the judge pro tem title implies                                                                                        DIVORCE CORP (13)
 "insider" status among family court
 judges and employees, and some              Sacramento Superior Court Presiding Judge Laurie Earl has failed or refused to      JAMES M. MIZE (12)
 lawyers misuse the position to              enforce the California Code of Judicial Ethics against judge pro tem attorneys.

 promote their law practice.                                                                                                     COLOR OF LAW SERIES
                                                                                                                                  (11)
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 The accusations of the attorney who brought the issue to our attention have now been verified by the California                 CONFLICT OF INTEREST
 Judges Association. This month CJA issued their thirty-first Judicial Ethics Update. In response to ethical                      (10)
 questions submitted by active judges, the annual update provides interpretations of the Code of Judicial Ethics.
 In response to an inquiry about temporary judge conduct, the update states:                                                     JAIME R. ROMAN (10)

        "A temporary judge may not include the fact of serving as a temporary judge in any law firm or                           LAURIE M. EARL (10)
         business advertisement including a biography on a law firm website."
                                                                                                                                 NO CONTACT ORDERS (10)
Using the title on a firm website is a violation of Code of Judicial Ethics Canons 1, 2, and 6D(9)(a), according to
the CJA. Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Laurie Earl is responsible for oversight of                  SHARON A. LUERAS (10)
judge pro tem attorneys, including ensuring that they comply with the Code of Judicial Ethics canons applicable
                                                                                                                       WHISTLEBLOWERS (10)
to temporary judges. Since the start of her term as presiding judge in January, 2012, Earl has failed or refused to
hold the judge pro tems accountable for the misconduct. The relevant section of the recent CJA Ethics Update,          WOODRUFF O'HAIR
and the applicable sections of the Code of Judicial Ethics are posted at the end of this article.                      POSNER and SALINGER
                                                                                                                       (10)
Sacramento Family Court reform advocates allege that under a tacit agreement, ostensibly "volunteer" judge
pro tem attorneys are allowed by Earl and other judges to use the title on firm websites for promotion and financial   CARLSSON CASE (9)
gain as one form of compensation for operating the settlement conference program on behalf of the court. Other
                                                                                                                       RAPTON-KARRES (9)
unlawful methods of compensation catalogued by reform advocates - including "rubber-stamped" court orders - are
published on our special Judge Pro Tems page.
                                                                                                                       CHRISTINA VOLKERS (8)

Court watchdogs assert that the benefits conferred to temporary judges under the clandestine compensation              JESSICA HERNANDEZ (8)
scheme amount to bribes, kickbacks, or emoluments that violate federal honest services law, other federal
statutes, and California Penal Code § 94. An emolument is "any advantage, profit, or gain received as a result of      FERRIS CASE (7)
one's employment or one's holding office," according to Black's Law Dictionary. Judge pro tem attorneys hold
the state Office of Temporary Judge. In California, any judicial officer, including a temporary judge, who asks for    JULIE SETZER (7)
or receives any emolument is guilty of a misdemeanor crime.
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Sacramento Family Law Court Temporary Judge Program - Code of Judicial Ethics Canons 1, 2, 6D(9)(a) -                  CIVIL RIGHTS (4)
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Description: Corruption and collusion: Judge Laurie Earl misconduct confirmed by California Judges Association Judicial Ethics Update. In response to ethical questions submitted by active judges, the annual update provides interpretations of the Code of Judicial Ethics. In response to an inquiry about temporary judge conduct, the update states: "A temporary judge may not include the fact of serving as a temporary judge in any law firm or business advertisement including a biography on a law firm website." Using the title on a firm website is a violation of Code of Judicial Ethics Canons 1, 2, and 6D(9)(a), according to the CJA. Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Laurie Earl is responsible for oversight of judge pro tem attorneys, including ensuring that they comply with the Code of Judicial Ethics canons applicable to temporary judges. Since the start of her term as presiding judge in January, 2012, Earl has failed or refused to hold the judge pro tems accountable for the misconduct. The relevant section of the recent CJA Ethics Update, and the applicable sections of the Code of Judicial Ethics are posted at the end of this article. Sacramento Family Court reform advocates allege that under a tacit agreement, ostensibly "volunteer" judge pro tem attorneys are allowed by Earl and other judges to use the title on firm websites for promotion and financial gain as one form of compensation for operating the settlement conference program on behalf of the court. Other unlawful methods of compensation catalogued by reform advocates - including "rubber-stamped" court orders - are published on our special Judge Pro Tems page.
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