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February 24, 2015

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John Steele

Technically, the clerks are governed as "judicial employees" under The Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and by other federal law. For more details, see the Federal Judiciary Center's pamphlet, "Maintaining the Public Trust" (2d ed.), easily found online. Pages 2-4 lay out the governing law.

Clerks who find themselves stuck in a quandary may seek ethics advice and/or advisory opinions from the designated Ethics Officer.

Douglas Levene

There may be hard cases where a clerk has a compelling reason to violate the duty of confidentiality owed to his judge and to the court. Ed Lazarus didn't have any such reasons. He just wanted to cash in on the secrets he had sworn to protect.

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