San Diego Law Review

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The importance of lawyers and society of the ethics and the selection of judges cannot be minimized. Judges set the tone for lawyers' ethics. Judicial behavior significantly influences the attitude of the lay citizens toward justice and the integrity of his government. And, if the courts are to retain their independence and influence—without either the power of the purse or the sword—our judicial officers must be beyond question in matters of ethics and impartiality. The proposed A.B.A. Code of Judicial Conduct, if widely adopted and enforced, will be a significant step toward this goal.

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