Preparation of a guidebook on judicial ethics for judicial leadership fellows

The Foundation's program, Reclaiming Futures: Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime, was designed to: (1) develop new service delivery models that integrate comprehensive services into the juvenile justice system and promote the creation of community-based systems of care for substance-abusing youthful offenders; and (2) foster the development of local judicial leadership to guide juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment partnerships, and assist community-based treatment providers in assessing their effectiveness.Problem-solving courts and judges are increasingly driving the development of community solutions to health and social problems. Unfortunately, the canons of judicial ethics are subject to interpretation in ways that prevent judges from providing the leadership for creating effective community responses. In fact, a critical component of the RWJF Reclaiming Futures national program is the development of active judicial leadership. One potential impediment to development of this leadership is the reluctance of judges to participate in activities outside their traditional role as neutral arbiters of individual cases. The ethical rules applicable to judges restrict their ability to engage in extra-judicial activities, especially those that are controversial. This grant provides support for the preparation of a guidebook on judicial ethics that would assist judges in negotiating the ethical rules of the judiciary and the increasing needs of their communities for strong judicial leadership to solve local problems. This guidebook will be integrated into the curriculum of the Reclaiming Futures Judicial Leadership Initiative and be disseminated through judges' membership organizations (i.e., National Council of Family and Juvenile Judges, ABA). This project will be considered successful if the handbook provides useful guidance to the Juvenile Judges in understanding and applying the rules of judicial ethics in such a way as to allow them to fulfill the role of community leader while adhering to the ethical rules governing extra-judicial activities.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $36,900.00

Awarded on: 11/21/2001

Time frame: 12/1/2001 - 4/30/2002

Grant Number: 42827


George A. Kuhlman, JD

415 West Aldine Avenue
Chicago, 60657-3653


George Kuhlman
Project Director