- FEATURE ARTICLE: Multitasking in Court
- NEW AUTHORITY: Kansas Courts’ “Security Incident”
- ETHICS & MALPRACTICE RESEARCH TIP: New Articles from The Current Index to Legal Periodicals
- A BLAST FROM THE PAST: Sacred Authority
EDITED BY: Professor Mike Hoeflich
PUBLISHED BY: Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC
October 31, 2023
FEATURE ARTICLE: Multitasking in Court
A rather bizarre and interesting case is wending its way through the Oklahoma judicial disciplinary system. The Chief Justice of Oklahoma initiated the case, whose charges involve the in-court behavior of a new judge, Traci Soderstrom, during a murder trial this past summer. The facts, as alleged by Chief Justice M. John Kane IV and reported by various media outlets, seem taken out of a bad television sitcom.
Judge Soderstrom’s acts occurred at the trial of Khristian Tyler Martzall. Mr. Martzall was on trial for murder. There are few situations in which a judge must be more vigilant and decorous thana murder trial—when someone’s life has already been lost and the life and freedom of the defendant depend on the trial’s outcome. It would appear from the Chief Justice’s forty-seven page complaint, that Judge Soderstrom was rather insensitive to the grave and delicate nature of the proceedings. . . .
NEW AUTHORITY: Kansas Courts’ “Security Incident”
Recently I participated in a Topeka Bar Association CLE on digital and cyber security with Paul Cope and Diane Bellquist. The CLE—scheduled several weeks before—happened to fall one week after a “security incident” that had made it impossible to use Kansas courts’ electronic filing system and other online court services. On October 12, 2023, the Kansas Supreme Court had issued Administrative Order 2023-CC-073 stating that these court services were “inaccessible.”
Although there was some amusement expressed at this situation, for the most part the reaction of everyone present was one of serious concern. There was concern about how long discontinuation of the court system’s online services would continue and, also, whether this was just one more incident in a growing problem with our reliance upon online services. . . .
ETHICS & MALPRACTICE RESEARCH TIP: New Articles from The Current Index to Legal Periodicals
- Michael Ariens, The Fall of an American Lawyer, 46 J. Legal Prof. 195 (2022). Anything Professor Ariens writes on legal ethics is worth study.
- Margaret Canary, The Importance of Lawyers’ Control over Regulation of the Legal Profession: A History of Self- Regulation, from the Long Parliament of 1641 to the Alabama State Bar, 46 J. Legal Prof. 309 (2022). The Legal profession needs to understand its history. The history of professional autonomy in the area of regulation through control of professional discipline is critical.
- Ralph B. L. Marcuccilli, Ethical Issues Surrounding the Exchange of Equity for Legal Services, 46 J. Legal Prof. 325 (2022).
A BLAST FROM THE PAST: Sacred Authority
As well, in the domain of public as of private law, the great fundamental opinion ought to be, THAT AUTHORITY IS SACRED.
—George Sharswood, An Essay on Professional Ethics ( Phila., 1856), p.xl
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