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A Blow to Legal Ethics from an Unlikely Source

I cannot recall for sure when I first heard about the American Judicature Society (AJS), but it was probably about 20 years ago when my work-study job in college included re-shelving volumes of Judicature at the campus law library. There was a time when AJS was a pillar of the American legal establishment, led by the likes of the late Chief Justice and former Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, but that time has long since passed. . . . .

I had not seen anything about AJS or even thought about it for years when I heard the news of its demise, but I decided to visit its website to see what the group has been up to lately. I was shocked to discover that one source of revenue AJS has been seeking—I don’t know for how long—is money from judicial cy près awards. When an organization ostensibly devoted to fair and impartial justice, one whose slogan is “Advocating Integrity in American Justice,” resorts to hitting up judges for cy près funds, it has truly outlived its usefulness . . . (continue reading here)

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