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Arthur Hellman Testifies at Hearing of House Judiciary Committee on Judicial Ethics

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April 30, 2013

Professor Arthur D. Hellman testified as an invited witness at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., on “an examination of the judicial conduct and disability system.” The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The chairman of the subcommittee, Rep. Howard Coble of North Carolina, described Professor Hellman as “perhaps our nation’s leading authority on the subject of judicial discipline.”

In his testimony, Professor Hellman said that the current system “is sound and does not require fundamental restructuring” but that “the experience of the past few years has revealed gaps and deficiencies in the regulatory regime that warrant attention.”  Some of these gaps, he said, should be addressed by Congress through revision of the statutes.

Professor Hellman’s suggestions drew support from the other expert witness at the hearing, Russell R. Wheeler of the Brookings Institution. The suggestions were discussed by members of the subcommittee and two judges representing the federal judiciary.

To read Professor Hellman's written testimony, click here.

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