Wednesday, October 17, 2018

 Wednesday, October 3, 2018

 

Dear Senator

My name is Vernellia Randall I'm a professor emeritus at the University of Dayton School of Law. Among the many courses, I taught over 24+ years was Professional Responsibility.

Yesterday, I filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Judge Brett K Kavanaugh. As a lawyer, I have an ethical responsibility to report a lawyer or judge for violations of the ethical rules of Conduct. ABA Rule 8.3 has a mandatory reporting requirement.

Furthermore, as a lawyer, you have a similar ethical responsibility.KavanaughSwearing

On September 27, 2018, Judge Brett Kavanaugh gave testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing. During the testimony, Judge Kavanaugh made partisan statements, and his behavior places Judge Brett Kavanaugh's ability to be an impartial member of the Federal circuit court and Supreme Court into question.

Judge Kavanaugh behavior is misconduct as defined by Federal Court Judicial Conduct rule 3(H)(1)(E) Cognizable misconduct is conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts. Misconduct includes engaging in partisan political activity or making inappropriately partisan statements.

Furthermore, the conduct was a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 1.2: A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”

It is important to note that Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony was not a spur of the moment reaction but a preplanned written response.

ABA Model Rule 8.3 provides:

(a) A lawyer who knows that another lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question as to that lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, shall inform the appropriate professional authority.

The legal profession is self–regulating. It relies on lawyers themselves, rather than on government or organizations outside the Bar, to enforce professional responsibility. As such, most jurisdictions impose a mandatory reporting obligation on every lawyer with respect to other lawyers’ violations of the professional rules. The failure of a lawyer to report misconduct by another lawyer is itself a violation of the rules that may result in professional discipline

Per Rule 8.3(a): A lawyer who knows that another lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question as to that lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, shall inform the appropriate professional authority.

Such a case exist here and as an attorney, you are required to file a complaint with the Federal court.

I want to make it clear that I am making the assertion, not as a Democrat or a Republican. I am a registered independent and have not voted for a Democratic or a Republican presidential candidate in over 30 years. Rather, my assertions come as a law professor. While it is always been that the courts' decision making is value based, the justices at least attempted to provide an image of non-partisan because the rules require it. If you do not file a complaint, then the message you will be sending to future lawyers, is that legal ethics are situational.

While it may be tempting to excuse Justice Kavanaugh's behavior. The rules provide no such exceptions.

I hope that you as a lawyer can rise above partisanship and do your duty as an attorney to protect the integrity of the system of justice by enforcing its ethical rules - even against the powerful.

Vernellia R. Randall
Professor Emerita of Law

 

 

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Alexander

Lamar

R

TN

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4944

Yes

Baldwin

Tammy

D

WI

709 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510                 

(202) 224-5653

 

Barrasso

John

R

WY

307 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

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Bennet

Michael F.

D

CO

261 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5852

Yes

Blumenthal

Richard

D

CT

706 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2823

 

Blunt

Roy

R

MO

260 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5721

Yes

Booker

Cory A.

D

NJ

359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3224

 

Boozman

John

R

AR

141 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4843

 

Brown

Sherrod

D

OH

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(202) 224-2315

 

Burr

Richard

R

NC

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Cantwell

Maria

D

WA

511 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

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Capito

Shelley Moore

R

WV

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Cardin

Benjamin L.

D

MD

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Carper

Thomas R.

D

DE

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Casey

Robert P., Jr.

D

PA

393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

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Cassidy

Bill

R

LA

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Collins

Susan M.

R

ME

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(202) 224-2523

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Coons

Christopher A.

D

DE

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(202) 224-5042

 

Corker

Bob

R

TN

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Cornyn

John

R

TX

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(202) 224-2934

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Cortez Masto

Catherine

D

NV

204 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3542

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Cotton

Tom

R

AR

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(202) 224-2353

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Crapo

Mike

R

ID

239 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6142

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Cruz

Ted

R

TX

404 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5922

 

Daines

Steve

R

MT

320 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2651

 

Donnelly

Joe

D

IN

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(202) 224-4814

 

Duckworth

Tammy

D

IL

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(202) 224-2854

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Durbin

Richard J.

D

IL

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(202) 224-2152

 

Enzi

Michael B.

R

WY

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Ernst

Joni

R

IA

111 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3254

 

Fischer

Deb

R

NE

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Flake

Jeff

R

AZ

413 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4521

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Gardner

Cory

R

CO

354 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5941

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Gillibrand

Kirsten E.

D

NY

478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4451

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Graham

Lindsey

R

SC

290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5972

 

Grassley

Chuck

R

IA

135 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3744

Yes

Harris

Kamala D.

D

CA

112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3553

Yes

Hassan

Margaret Wood

D

NH

330 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3324

Yes

Hatch

Orrin G.

R

UT

104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5251

 

Heinrich

Martin

D

NM

303 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5521

Yes

Heitkamp

Heidi

D

ND

516 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2043

 

Heller

Dean

R

NV

324 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6244

Yes

Hirono

Mazie K.

D

HI

730 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6361

 

Hoeven

John

R

ND

338 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2551

 

Hyde-Smith

Cindy

R

MS

G12 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5054

 

Inhofe

James M.

R

OK

205 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4721

 

Isakson

Johnny

R

GA

131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3643

 

Johnson

Ron

R

WI

328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5323

Yes

Jones

Doug

D

AL

326 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4124

Yes

Kaine

Tim

D

VA

231 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4024

Yes

Kennedy

John

R

LA

383 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4623

 

King

Angus S., Jr.

I

ME

133 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5344

Yes

Klobuchar

Amy

D

MN

302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3244

Yes

Kyl

Jon

R

AZ

G12 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

202-224-

 

Lankford

James

R

OK

316 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5754

Yes

Leahy

Patrick J.

D

VT

437 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4242

Yes

Lee

Mike

R

UT

361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5444

 

Manchin

Joe, III

D

WV

306 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3954

Yes

Markey

Edward J.

D

MA

255 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2742

Yes

McCaskill

Claire

D

MO

503 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6154

Yes

McConnell

Mitch

R

KY

317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2541

Yes

Menendez

Robert

D

NJ

528 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4744

 

Merkley

Jeff

D

OR

313 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3753

Yes

Moran

Jerry

R

KS

521 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6521

Yes

Murkowski

Lisa

R

AK

522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6665

Yes

Murphy

Christopher

D

CT

136 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4041

 

Murray

Patty

D

WA

154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2621

Yes

Nelson

Bill

D

FL

716 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5274

 

Paul

Rand

R

KY

167 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4343

 

Perdue

David

R

GA

455 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3521

 

Peters

Gary C.

D

MI

724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6221

Yes

Portman

Rob

R

OH

448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3353

Yes

Reed

Jack

D

RI

728 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4642

 

Risch

James E.

R

ID

483 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2752

 

Roberts

Pat

R

KS

109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4774

 

Rounds

Mike

R

SD

502 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5842

Yes

Rubio

Marco

R

FL

284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3041

 

Sanders

Bernard

I

VT

332 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5141

 

Sasse

Ben

R

NE

136 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4224

 

Schatz

Brian

D

HI

722 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3934

Yes

Schumer

Charles E.

D

NY

322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6542

 

Scott

Tim

R

SC

717 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6121

 

Shaheen

Jeanne

D

NH

506 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2841

Yes

Shelby

Richard C.

R

AL

304 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5744

 

Smith

Tina

D

MN

309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5641

 

Stabenow

Debbie

D

MI

731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4822

 

Sullivan

Dan

R

AK

702 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3004

 

Tester

Jon

D

MT

311 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2644

 

Thune

John

R

SD

511 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2321

 

Tillis

Thom

R

NC

185 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6342

 

Toomey

Patrick J.

R

PA

248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4254

Yes

Udall

Tom

D

NM

531 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6621

Yes

Van Hollen

Chris

D

MD

110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4654

 

Warner

Mark R.

D

VA

703 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2023

Yes

Warren

Elizabeth

D

MA

317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4543

Yes

Whitehouse

Sheldon

D

RI

530 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2921

Yes

Wicker

Roger F.

R

MS

555 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6253

 

Wyden

Ron

D

OR

221 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5244

 

Young

Todd

R

IN

400 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5623

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