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Fall 10-2008


Attorneys have special social privileges; they can file complaints on behalf of clients, and compel parties to appeal for depositions. As a result, attorneys are "officers of the court" and the local Bar carefully scrutinizes their professional and personal behavior. When an attorney fails to maintain the high standard of trust required of the profession, the legal community in which the attorney is licensed to practice may impose sanctions. In addition to judges' and lawyers' private conduct outside of a professional capacity, sanctions apply to the non-professional public conduct. This article discusses how legal ethics rules apply to political activities of lawyers and judges, particularly when an attorney is involved in a political campaign that is not for judicial or legal office.