In re Sheldon Schapiro
Supreme Court of Florida
845 So.2d 170 (2003)
Judge Sheldon Schapiro (defendant) repeatedly engaged in behavior that was inappropriate for a judge in a courtroom. In one instance, Schapiro chastised attorney Joseph Dawson for speaking in the courtroom and stated that Schapiro always had to treat Dawson like a schoolchild. Dawson responded that Schapiro treated everyone like a schoolchild, and Schapiro ordered Dawson out of the courtroom. Schapiro also ordered an attorney to appear in court to try a criminal case, despite the fact that the attorney had a severe medical condition and was on bedrest. Schapiro similarly ordered another attorney who was hospitalized with pregnancy complications to appear for trial, against her doctor’s orders. Schapiro routinely berated and embarrassed attorneys for talking in the courtroom, even if the attorneys were quietly discussing court business. Schapiro also cursed at attorneys and told one female attorney that she should try to behave more like male attorneys, who did not become emotional about cases. Based on these and other incidents, the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) found that Schapiro violated Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct (Code). The JQC recommended that Schapiro be publicly reprimanded, participate in sensitivity training during therapy, and make a public apology. In a stipulation with the JQC, Schapiro admitted that he had engaged in inappropriate behavior that was unbecoming of a member of the judiciary, had brought the judiciary into disrepute, and had impaired the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judicial system and in Schapiro as a judge. The Supreme Court of Florida reviewed the JQC’s recommendation.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per Curiam)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 175,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.