To promote public confidence in the justice system, we must strive to ensure that our judiciary is as diverse as the public whom it serves. Diversity not only promotes public trust and confidence but, as set forth below, the interplay of diverse viewpoints also improves judicial decision making. The selection of judges must promote these important goals.
There have been far too many incidents recently in which the justices’ ethical standards have been called into reasonable question, creating a crisis of confidence in the Court and it’s ability to render unbiased justice.
The New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) has filed an Amicus Brief in the matter of United States v. Zackey Rahimi. The group is represented by Benjamin G. Shatz, Jacqueline Wolff, Samantha Katze, Tina Lapsia and Carolyn Sharzer of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.
Regarding “Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court’s Plain Spoken Defender” (WSJ Print ed., 7/29/23): We at the New York County Lawyers Association are sorry to hear that Justice Alito is disappointed in us (and other bar associations) for not “coming to his defense” on the issue of Supreme Court ethics.