If the ethical standards for federal judges actually prohibited them from participating in the Federalist Society, given what it really does, then no judge could participate in the activities of almost any other institution in the legal world. Bar associations would certainly be off limits because they often litigate, lobby and weigh in formally on judicial selection. Even most law schools, whose faculties have been shown to skew strongly to the left, would be highly suspect. Nothing in the ethics opinion cited by Mr. Donohue compels such an absurd and ludicrous result.
Eugene Meyer, Washington
The writer is president of the Federalist Society.