New Rule Bars Political Activity, Campaign Contributions by Federal Judiciary Employees | National Law Journal

By Tony Mauro

Starting on March 1, more than 1,000 employees of the federal judiciary will be subject to a policy that prohibits them from partisan political activity, including campaign contributions.

Judges and court employees have lived under similar rules for decades, but the new policy extends the restrictions to those who work at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Federal Judicial Center, both based at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C.

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Lawyer representing neo-Nazis declares that ‘white people are the chosen people’


A Cincinnati-area lawyer stepped forward when white supremacists and neo-Nazis had trouble finding legal representation in a civil case stemming from the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The lawyer, James E. Kolenich, got involved because “white people must save and preserve their civilization,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.


Do Kolenich’s comments constitute an ethics violation? It’s unknown if anyone has complained to Ohio lawyer discipline authorities. Ohio disciplinary counsel Scott Drexel says state supreme court rules bar him from revealing whether there is a pending grievance or investigation against Kolenich or any other lawyer. Investigations are confidential until a formal complaint is filed.


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