The SCOTUS Ethics Resolution Team, of which Adams and Reese Partner Lucian T. Pera is a member, received the King County Bar Association’s 2023 Friend of the Legal Profession Award. The KCBA is the professional bar association in Seattle, Washington.
Pera is joined on the SCOTUS Ethics Resolution Team by Neal Black, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Hopkins, Lorelie Masters, Llewelyn Pritchard, Mark Schickman, and James Williams.
The team drafted Resolution 400, passed overwhelmingly by the ABA House of Delegates in February 2023, that urged the Supreme Court of the United States to adopt a code of judicial ethics binding on justices of the U.S. Supreme Court that is comparable to the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Resolution 400 was submitted by the KCBA, also urging all other bar associations to pass their own resolutions calling for the Supreme Court to adopt a code of judicial ethics that is binding on its justices.
The resolution was pushed through at the ABA House of Delegates at its February 2023 meeting. The passage of the resolution inserted the ABA in the national and Congressional debate on Supreme Court ethics.
Click here to read more about the resolution.
A Partner in the Adams and Reese Memphis office, Pera practices in litigation, appellate law, and ethics and professional responsibility law. He counsels lawyers, law firms, clients and those who do business with lawyers and law firms on ethics and professional responsibility issues. Pera served for five years on the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission, which rewrote the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Past President of the Tennessee Bar Association, Pera led a TBA committee that successfully proposed new legal ethics rules based on the ABA Model Rules.