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American Bar Association

1992

NJC’s May 19, 1992 letter to President Talbot D’Alemberte

           
SEE:  Judicial Selection-Federal 1992-3

NJC’s May 22, 1992 letter to Jerome Shestack

Jerome Shestack’s June 16, 1992 letter

June 18, 1992 letter from Ronald Olson, Chair/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary

NJC’s June 26, 1992 letter to Chairman Olson

NJC’s September 11, 1992 letter to William E. Willis, Chair/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary

NJC’s September 11, 1992 letter to President J. Michael McWilliams Chairman Willis’ September 18, 1992 letter

September 18, 1992 letter from William Wills, Chair/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary

NJC’s October 6, 1992 letter to President McWilliams

President McWilliams’ October 21, 1992 letter

NJC’s November 11, 1992 letter to President McWilliams

NJC’s December 18, 1992 letter to President McWilliams
 

1993

NJC’s January 18, 1993 letter to Chairman Willis

Chairman Willis’ January 19, 1993 letter

NJC’s January 22, 1993 letter to Chairman Willis

Chairman Willis’ February 9, 1993 letter

NJC’s September 22, 1993 letter to Michael Greco, First Circuit Representative / Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary


1995

Doris Sassower’s August 3, 1995 letter to Joseph Stone

August 9, 1995 letter from John Holtaway, Ass’t Regulation Counsel/Center for Professional Responsibility

CJA's August 17, 1995 letter to John Holtaway, Ass’t Regulation Counsel/Center for Professional Responsibility

CJA’s August 21, 1995 letter to Jeanne Gray, Director/Center for Professional Responsibility,
       -- enclosing CJA’s August 14, 1995 letter to Seth Rosner, Chair / Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence
 
                      SEE Test Cases - Federal (Mangano)

Jeanne Gray’s September 26, 1995 to CJA

John Holtaway’s October 11, 1995 letter to CJA

CJA’s October 13, 1995 memo to Chairs of the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, Standing Committee on Ethics, and Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence

CJA’s October 17, 1995 letter to John Holtaway

John Holtaway’s October 24, 1995 letter

CJA’s October 31, 1995 letter to Patricia Hynes, Second Circuit Representative/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary
 

1996

CJA's January 3, 1996 letter to Marna S. Tucker

January 16, 1996 letter from Marna Tucker

CJA’s February 8, 1996 memo to Chairs of Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Standing Committee on Professionalism, Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility -- "RE: Your Ethical and Professional Responsibility"
   (indicated copies to ABA President Ramos and Marna Tucker, Chair-Fellows of American Bar Foundation)
   Ex. A: CJA's October 13, 1995 memo
   Ex B:  CJA's August 14, 1995 letter to Seth Rosner
   Ex C: pp. 70-72, 100-102 of the Report of the National Commission on Discipline & Removal
   Ex D: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 ad,
              NYT, October 26, 1994
   Ex E: Jeanne Gray's September 26, 1995 letter
   Ex F: CJA's August 21, 1995 letter to Jeanne Gray

Jeanne Gray’s February 14, 1996 letter

CJA’s March 19, 1996 letter to President Roberta Cooper Ramo
August 7, 1996 letter from Alvin Prestwood, Chair/Judicial Performance and Conduct Committee-Judicial Division/Lawyers Conference

CJA’s September 20, 1996 memo to ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Standing Committee on Professionalism, Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence, enclosing CJA’s September 18, 1996 letter to Timothy Burke, President/Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers -- "RE: Agenda Inclusion: Presentation to Committee Membership"
 

1997

CJA’s January 17, 1997 memo to ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Standing Committee on Professionalism, Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence
  
 Ex A: CJA's September 20, 1996 memo to ABA committees
    Ex B: Timothy Burke's September 25, 1996 letter
    Ex C:  CJA's September 30, 1996 letter to Mr. Burke


CJA’s January 17, 1997 letter to President N. Lee Cooper
  
Ex A-1: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", CJA's $16,770 ad, NYT,
                  October 26, 1994
   Ex A-2: DLS' 1989 Martindale-Hubbell law listing
   Ex B:  "Don't Forget the Main Street Lawyer", by N. Lee Cooper, ABA Journal, Jan. 1997
   Ex C: "Nourishing the Profession", ABA Journal, Jan. 1997


CJA’s January 24, 1997 letter to Herbert D. Sledd, Chair/Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
    Ex A: CJA's January 3, 1996 letter to Marna Tucker
    Ex B: CJA's July 30, 1996 fax to Herb Sledd


January 27, 1997 letter from Catherine Daubard, Deputy General Counsel

January 27, 1997 letter from Catherine Daubard

CJA’s January 28, 1997 letter to Karen Basingame, Deputy General Counsel

Doris Sassower’s January 29, 1997 letter to Carol Murphy, Staff Director/Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

CJA’s January 31, 1997 fax coversheet to ABA General Counsel

Doris Sassower’s January 31, 1997 fax sheet to Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

CJA’s December 2, 1997 letter to Patricia Hynes, Second Circuit Representative/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary
   Ex A: NYLJ item, August 5, 1997
   Ex B: CJA's May 27, 1996 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Hatch,
             as printed in the record of the Committee's May 21, 1996 hearing on
             "The Role of the American Bar Association in the Judicial Selection Process"
   Ex C: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll",
             CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, August 27, 1997

 

1998

CJA’s January 8, 1998 letter to President Shestack

CJA’s January 12, 1998 letter to President Shestack

CJA’s January 12, 1998 fax to Irene Emsellem, Liaison/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary

Irene Emsellem’s January 13, 1998 fax
 
CJA’s January 14, 1998 letter to Irene Emsellem

CJA’s January 14, 1998 fax to President Shestack

CJA’s January 14, 1998 fax to Blake Tartt, Chair/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary

CJA's January 26, 1998 letter to ABA President Jerome Shestack --"RE: Upholding Standards of Ethics and Professionalism at the ABA"
  (indicated copies to American Bar Foundation, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility & committees; Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)
     
  Ex A: "Where Do You Go When Judges Break the Law?", NYT, op-ed ad, October 26, 1994
       Ex B:  "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll", NYLJ, ad, August 27, 1997
       Ex C: Inventory of transmitted file of Sassower v. Mangano, et al.
       Ex D:  1994 report of ABA Task Force on Judicial Removal
       Ex E: report of ABA Commission on Separation of Powers & Judicial Independence
       Ex F: "Without Merit: The Empty Promise of Judicial Discipline", The Long Term View, 1997  


Irene Emsellem’s February 12, 1998 letter

CJA's March 27, 1998 letter to ABA President Shestack

CJA's April 8, 1998 fax to ABA President Shestack

CJA's May 5, 1998 letter to ABA President Shestack

CJA’s August 11, 1998 letter to ABA President Philip Anderson
     
Ex A-1:  July 12, 196 letter of Francis Plimpton on behalf of Doris Sassower, with petition signatures
      Ex A-2: "New York Women's Bar Ex-President Gets Wide Support for Election to ABA House", NYLJ, August 3, 1976
      Ex A-3: Petitioner's listing in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1989
      Ex B-1: "The Risks To Judicial Independence", Pres Shestack's message/ABA Journal, June 1998
      Ex B-2:  "With professionalism movement well under way, it is time for lawyers to address justice issues", Pres. Shestack, National Law Journal, August 4, 1998
      Ex B-3: "The bar must campaign for the independence of the judiciary -- and of the legal profession itself', Pres-Elect Anderson, National Law Journal, August 4, 1998
      Ex C:  CJA's January 26, 1998 letter to President Shestack
      Ex D:  CJA's March 27, 1998 letter to President Shestack,
                 with Giraffe Project press release & award
                 and "True Believers", Westchester County Weekly, March 18, 1998
      Ex E:  April 8, 1998 fax to President Shestack  
      Ex F:  May 5, 1998 fax to President Shestack
      Ex G:  May 18, 1998 fax from ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
      Ex H:  CJA's 1992 faxes to Shestack
      Ex I-1: CJA's December 27, 1997 letter to Patricia Hynes, 2nd Circuit Representative/ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary
      Ex I-2:  CJA's October 31, 1995 letter to Patricia Hynes
      Ex J:  CJA's January 8, 1998 letter to President Shestack
      Ex K:  CJA's January 9, 1998 letter to President Shestack
      Ex L:  CJA's January 12, 1998 letter to President Shestack
      Ex M:  CJA's January 14, 1998 letter to President Shestack"
      Ex N:  CJA's May 27, 1996 letter to SJC Chairman Hatch,
                  as reprinted in record of SJC's May 21, 1996 hearing
                  on "The "Role of the ABA in the Judicial Selection Process"
     Ex O-1:  CJA's July 30, 1998 letter to SJC
     Ex O-2:  CJA's August 3, 1998 letter to SJC
     Ex O-3: CJA's August 3, 1998 fax to organizations

CJA’s August 18, 1998 letter to Irene Emsellem, Staff Liaison
 (indicated copies to Michael Greco, Chair/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary; Patricia Hynes, Second Circuit Representative/ABA Standing Committee)
       -- transmitting supplemental brief in Sassower v. Mangano 
SEE: Test Cases -Federal (Mangano)
 --
SEE: Judicial Selection-Federal: 1998 and 1992-3
       --

CJA's August 20, 1998 letter to ABA President Philip Anderson
  -- transmitting CJA's August 19, 1998 letter to Leah Belaire, counsel/Senate Judiciary Committee
      --
SEE: Judicial Selection - Federal 1998
 
CJA's September 4, 1998 letter to ABA President Philip Anderson
    --
SEE: Test Cases - Federal (Mangano) (supplemental brief)

CJA’s November 6, 1998 memo

Exhibit A: CJA's May 29, 1998 letter to William Burchill and Jeffrey Barr, General Counsel & Assistant General Counsel/Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, to which Chief Justice Rehnquist was indicated recipient in his capacity as head of the Judicial Conference
Exhibit B:  Report of the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal, pp. 121-123

CJA’s November 12, 1998 letter to Luke Bierman/Office of the President

November 25, 1998 letter from Catherine A. Daubard, Deputy General Counsel

CJA’s November 30, 1998 letter to President Anderson
  (indicated copies to Open Society Institute, ABA-President Elect William Paul, Former ABA Presidents Shestack & Cooper; Leonard Gilbert, Chair/Fellows of American Bar Foundation; ABA General Council's Office; Luke Bierman)
    
Ex A:  CJA's November 12, 1998 letter to Luke Bierman
     Ex B:  CJA's August 20, 1998 letter to President Anderson
     Ex. C:  CJA's September 4, 1998 letter to President Anderson
     Ex. D:  Deputy General Counsel Daubard's November 25, 1998 letter
     Ex. E:  Doris Sassower's January 29, 1997 letter to Carol Murphy, Staff Director/Fellows of the American
                Bar Foundation

           

1999

President-Elect William Paul’s January 21, 1999 letter to Doris Sassower

CJA’s November 8, 1999 letter to Luke Bierman/Director, Standing Committee on Judicial Independence

Luke Bierman’s November 15, 1999 letter
 


2001

CJA’s March 2, 2001 letter to Luke Bierman, Director, ABA Justice Center

       
 SEE:   Test Cases - State (Commission)

Luke Bierman’s March 12, 2001 letter

CJA’s April 25, 2001 letter to Luke Bierman

Luke Bierman’s May 3, 2001 letter

CJA’s May 30, 2001 letter to Luke Bierman
   (indicated copies to Paul Verkuil/Chair-ABA Advisory Council & Dean of Cardozo Law School; Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky/Director-Cardozo Law School Ethics Center)
 
  Ex A: Luke Bierman's May 3, 2001 letter
   Ex B: website: ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence 
   Ex C: "Promoting Professionalism", ABA Programs, Plans, and Strategies
   Ex D: Open Society Institute June 1998 newsletter: Strengthening Judicial Independence


CJA’s September 26, 2001 letter to Luke Bierman
   (indicated copy to Paul Verkuil/Chair-ABA Advisory Council)

Luke Bierman’s September 27, 2001 letter
 
CJA’s October 19, 2001 letter to Luke Bierman

CJA’s October 30, 2001 letter to Luke Bierman
  (indicated copies to Judge Norma Shapiro, Chair/ABA Justice Center Coordinating Council; D. Dudley Oldham, Chair/ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence; Paul Verkuil, Chair/ABA Advisory Council)
 
  Ex A: CJA's November 30, 1998 letter to ABA President Anderson
   Ex B: CJA's November 30, 1998 faxes, with receipts

CJA’s October 30, 2001 letter to Judge Norma Shapiro, Chair/ABA Justice Center Coordinating Counsel; and D. Dudley Oldham, Chair/ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence

Luke Bierman’s November 7, 2001 letter

Judge Norma Shapiro’s November 14, 2001 letter


2003

Luke Bierman’s March 19, 2003 handwritten note

CJA’s March 26, 2003 e-mail to Robert Evans, Director/ABA Governmental Affairs Office -- "Subj: Bar Evaluations of Wesley & Castel"

CJA's March 26, 2003 written statement to ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary- Carol Dinkins/Chair; George Frazza/Second Circuit Representative; Sheila Slocum Hollis/Federal Circuit Representative -- "RE: Bar Evaluations of the Qualifications of New York Court of Appeals Judge Richard C. Wesley, Nominated to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and of P. Kevin Castel, Nominated to the District Court of the Southern District of New York"
   
Ex A-1:  ABA's "Evaluation Criteria"
     Ex A-2:  City Bar's "Guidelines for Evaluating Candidates for Judicial Office"
     Ex B:  pages from Wesley's questionnaire
     Ex C:   pages from August 17, 2001 motion for disqualification/disclosure in
                  Appellate Division, First Dept.
     Ex D: CJA's August 6, 1998 judicial misconduct complaint
     Ex E:  pages from Castel's questionnaire
     Ex F-1: "Restraining 'Liars in the Courtroom' and on the Public Payroll",
                 CJA's $3,077 ad, NYLJ, 8/27/97
     Ex F-2:  "Without Merit: The Empty Promise of Judicial Discipline", by Elena Sassower, The Long Term View (Massachusetts School of Law) summer 1997


THE FINAL TWO MOTIONS IN THE COMMISSION CASE:   [Test Cases-State (Commission)]

     (1) October 15, 2002 reargument/vacatur
          for fraud motion & annexed exhibits

      (2) October 24, 2002 motion for leave to appeal
              & annexed exhibits


    CJA's September 18, 2000 letter to P. Kevin  Castel
        -- CJA's June 20, 2000 letter to City Bar President Davis


Robert Evans’ March 26, 2003 e-mail

May 6, 2003 e-mail from Denise Cardman, Senior Legislative Counsel/ ABA Governmental Affairs Office -- enclosing the Standing Committee's letters to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Hatch, unanimously approving Richard C. Wesley & P. Kevin Castel as "Well Qualified"

Chairwoman Dinkins’ May 22, 2003 letter

CJA’s June 13, 2003 memo to Chairwoman Dinkins - "RE: Bringing Accountability to the ABA and City Bar by calling upon them (1) to justify their barebones ratings of Richard C. Wesley and P. Kevin Castel for federal judgeships by disgorging their findings pertaining to CJA's March 26, 2003 written statement; (2) to respond to the recommendations of the 1986 Common Cause report and the 1996 Miller Center Commission report for substantiated bar ratings [pp. 4-6]; (3) to confront the fundamental standards disqualifying candidates for judicial office articulated by CJA's March 26, 2003 statement [pp. 8-9]"

CJA’s June 16, 2003 e-mail to Robert Evans/Liaison/Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary  -- "Subj: Bar Association Ratings of Richard Wesley & P. Kevin Castel, etc."

Sheila Hollis’ June 17, 2003 letter

George Frazza’s June 18, 2003 letter


2007
                   SEE: "Disruption of Congress" - The Appeals

CJA's July 2, 2007 memo --
    "RE:  'Working to Keep Our Courts Fair and Impartial' -- As Empirically Tested by the 'Disruption of Congress' Case..."         
   
                     cc:  Dahlia Lithwick/Slate; Lyle Denniston/SCOTUSblog, Professor Jonathan Turley                

CJA's August 24, 2007 memo -- "RE: Championing Judicial Independence at the U.S. Supreme Court by your amicus curiae support  for the filed and docketed cert petition in the 'disruption of Congress' case"   
           
  
  cc:  Dahlia Lithwick/Slate; Lyle Denniston/SCOTUSblog, Professor Jonathan Turley


2008

CJA's April 1, 2008 memo -- Governmental Affairs Office & Justice Center
-- "RE:  Queries on Federal Judicial Discipline: (1) the Federal Judiciary's New Rules; (2) the Breyer Committee & its Report; (3) Proposed Congressional Legislation for an Inspector General for the Judicial Branch; (4) Resolution to Impeach U.S. District Judge Manuel Real"

CJA's April 29, 2008 memo -- Governmental Affairs Office & Justice Center -- "RE: Queries on Federal Judicial Discipline"

CJA's May 5, 2008 memo to American Bar Association -- "RE:
Confronting Evidence: The Corruption of Federal Judicial Discipline: (1) CJA's March 6, 2008 Critique of the Breyer Committee Report & Letter to the Chief Justice; and (2) CJA's April 18, 2008 Comments to the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct on the Proposed Revision to the Code of Conduct for United States Judges"


CJA's June 3, 2008 memo to ABA President William H. Neukom & ABA House of Delegates Chair Laurel G. Bellows -- RE: Serving Congress and the Public by Critical Scholarship: (1) Federal Judicial Pay Raises; & (2) Breyer Committee Report on the Implementation of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980

 

 

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