Justice Suspended: An Update in the Case of Judge Pauline Newman

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At the age of 96, Judge Pauline Newman is the nation’s oldest federal judge. In 1984, Judge Newman became the first judge appointed directly to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In April of last year, reports surfaced that Federal Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly Moore had initiated a complaint against Judge Newman under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980. Although the complaint was initially based on alleged  “cognitive decline,” it later morphed to focus on her unwillingness to cooperate with Judge Moore’s investigation. 

This program will provide an update on Judge Newman’s case and discuss issues related to this most-unusual set of circumstances. This program coincides with panelist David Lat’s recent interview with Judge Newman, available here, which allows viewers to hear Judge Newman in her own words. The Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability released an opinion in the case, available here

Check out this recording for a discussion of Judge Newman’s case, the state of judicial conduct, and more. 


  • David Lat, Founder, Original Jurisdiction
  • Prof. Arthur Hellman, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Jennifer Perkins, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One



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