James J. Alfini

James J. Alfini

Dean James J. Alfini is a professor of law from South Texas College of Law Houston.  

Jim is widely published in the field of judicial ethics and is co-author of Judicial Conduct and Ethics, published by Lexis and in its 6th Edition.  He served on the American Bar Association Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct.  The Commission’s work resulted in the 2007 Model Code of Judicial Conduct, adopted by the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association


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Guest Appearances
April 28, 2023

Justice Clarence Thomas, Judicial Ethics, & Calls for Reform

On April 6th, 2023, ProPublica released a report titled, Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire, detailing Justice Clarence Thomas’ failure to report years of lavish trips paid for by Republican billionaire Harlan Crow....

December 10, 2021

Judicial Ethics, Misconduct, and Reform

Dean James J. Alfini talks about the ethical guidelines judges need to abide by, judicial misconduct, and whether past incidents of misconduct necessitate reform.