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May 2007

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What's Your EQ?

What’s your ethics quotient? There’s an easy way to find out. The second annual ethics quiz for federal judges is now available on the Judiciary’s intranet in the Judges’ Corner.

“The short quiz is designed to test your knowledge—and increase your understanding—of ethics rules governing recusal obligations that may arise from financial and other conflicts of interest,” said Judge Gordon J. Quist, chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct.

Correct answers are accompanied by a brief explanation and relevant citations, but not, unfortunately, by prizes. Ready to test?

EQ Question: A mutual fund you own invests only in the health care industry, and you are currently handling several cases involving health care companies. Your recusal is mandatory. True or False? (See answer below.)








EQ Answer: The correct answer is False. Recusal is not required unless you know that the outcome of those cases could substantially affect your interest.