Code of Conduct for Supreme Court Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys Back to Outline

Issued by the Supreme Court of Texas to govern behavior of Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys.

Canon 4 Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys May Engage in Activities

Law clerks and staff attorneys may engage in activities as follows:

a. Law clerks and staff attorneys may speak, write, lecture, teach, and participate in activities or organizations concerning the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice.

b. Law clerks and staff attorneys may participate in other, non-legal activities, but:

     1. Law clerks and staff attorneys must refrain from financial, personal, and business dealings that tend to detract from the dignity of the office, interfere with the proper performance of their Court duties, or exploit their positions.

     2. Law clerks,  staff attorneys, and members of their families residing in their households may not accept a gift, bequest, or favor from any person whose interests are or are likely to come before the Court.  This limitation does not apply to incidental benefits such as engagement, anniversary, or birthday gifts that are fairly commensurate with the occasion or invitations to events such as holiday parties, dinner engagements, or other social functions, provided that the incidental benefit could not reasonably be perceived as intended to influence the law clerk or staff attorney in the performance of their duties for the Court.

Bluebook Citation

Code of Conduct for Supreme Court Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys. § None, (Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 2023) from https://legalethicstexas.com/resources/rules/code-of-conduct-for-supreme-court-law-clerks-and-staff-attorneys/law-clerks-and-staff-attorneys-may-engage-in-activities/ (last visited Feb 07, 2023)