Florida OKs Judges at Beauty Pageants

One of the great debates in legal ethics has been resolved: a real judge may serve as a judge at a qualifier for the Miss America competition.

So says the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee in JEAC Opinion 2017-08. The opinion was first reported by the Legal Profession Blog and the ABA Journal.

I had no idea that this was even a topic.  Well, it is.  Not only that, it’s a divisive topic! Although there’s no written dissent, the opinion notes that a committee member dissented.

I hope someone attends the pageant, sees the judge judge, points & says “there she is  . . .”


Bert Parks

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