Sign Petition

Amending the Recusal Law (28 U.S.C. Sec. 455)

961 Signatures Goal: 2,000

This petition adds specific language to the federal recusal statute that will compel judges to withdraw from lawsuits in which their university employers are a party. It supports the incorporation of Sec. 455(b)(5)(v) into the United States Code, Title 28, Section 455(b), which adds the following phrase to the existing recusal statute: "Serves as an instructor or on an advisory board of an educational institution that is a party to the proceeding."

The petition is a response to the conduct of a federal judge who taught at a university, was a board member of one of its research centers, received $5,500 to teach a summer course at a resort location in Greece, and who nevertheless presided over a series of lawsuits against that university during the same period while never disclosing her association with it. When confronted with this conflict of interest, this judge refused to withdraw despite the canons of judicial conduct that indicate disqualification, and in defiance of the federal recusal statute whose broad language was ignored. Throughout the country, judges associated with universities are called upon to adjudicate cases in which those universities are defendants in lawsuits.

As signer of this petition, you join with others who believe that amending the Recusal Law (28 USC Sec. 455) brings us one step closer to the goal of "Equal Justice Under Law," a right promised by our Constitution but imperiled through the abuse of judicial discretion and the lack of public vigilance.

For background to this petition, see this video.




November 28
Thank you for supporting this effort to help eliminate the judicial bias that arises from conflict of interest issues.
  • Anonymous
    Jan 20, 2017
    Jan 20, 2017
    All "Titles of Nobility" should be held in Contempt of the Constitution and Conspiracy under 18 USC 241 and 242 and acts of RICO etc.
    HERMAN LEE JONES United States, New Orleans
    Nov 21, 2016
    Nov 21, 2016
  • Yvinne
    Yvinne United States, San Jose
    Oct 26, 2016
    Oct 26, 2016
    I am currently in the same situation, left with no attorney, going through probate and I van not get a lawyer to represent at all my last lawyer told me that the court assistant would not allow them to submit. I am going out of my mind and can't do a thing about it.

  • Denis Rancourt
    Denis Rancourt Canada, Ottawa
    Aug 22, 2016
    Aug 22, 2016
    I was a victim of such egregious problems in Canada. The judge had funded a named scholarship fund at the university that intervened in a case against me funded by the university. I sought recusal of the judge all the way to Canada's supreme court.
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