CBA Record February-March 2019

to chair the Court’s Civility Committee was visionary. Judge Aspen is a “Judges’ Judge,” and his outstanding demeanor and temperament, coupled with his con- siderable trial skills, knowledge of the law, experience, and wisdom, made him the perfect choice to lead the committee. Judge Aspen’s committee promulgated a series of “Proposed Standards for Profes- sional Conduct,” which sets guidelines of acceptable conduct in the following areas: Lawyers’ Duties to Other Counsel; Law- yers’ Duties to the Court; Court Duties to Lawyers; and Judges’ Duties to Each Other. In adopting Professional Standards, the report made it clear that the “Standards shall not be used as a basis for litigation or for sanctions or penalties,” which ensured that the new standards would not generate additional litigation. The standards are of course aspirational, but help “…clarify and articulate important values held by many members of the bench and the bar.” It is noteworthy that Judge Aspen’s committee suggested greater participation

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and lifelong friendship with my father. Judge Aspen’s many contributions to the U.S. District Court were recently spotlighted in a fascinating oral history interview by U.S. District Court Judge Ed Chang, along with Magistrate Judges Jeff Gilbert and Sidney Schenkier, as part of a program celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Federal Courts in Illinois. Judge Bauer’s selection of Judge Aspen

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