Arthur Hellman Quoted in National Law Journal on Judges’ Financial Disclosure Reports
Federal judges are required to file public reports each year on their financial holdings and sources of income. The reporting requirements were instituted as a means of exposing potential conflicts of interest, but they serve that purpose poorly, Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman told the National Law Journal.
The disclosures, Hellman said, are “outdated as soon as they're filed.”
“If you're a knowledgeable lawyer, you know the judges are supposed to be using the conflict identification software [used by the judiciary independently of the disclosure reports],” Hellman said. “You hope that’s going to be effective.”
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