Steve Scheckman

650 Poydras Street, Suite 2760
New Orleans, Louisana 70130
Phone 504.309.7888 • Fax 504.518.4831

Steve Scheckman is a partner in the New Orleans office of Schiff, Scheckman & White LLP providing legal advice and representation on behalf lawyers and judges concerning matters involving legal and judicial ethics. It has been reported that he is "a New Orleans attorney judges and lawyers turn to when they are in trouble." ( 9/25/13). Mr. Scheckman served as the first Special Counsel (Disciplinary Counsel) appointed and employed full-time by the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana (1994-2008) and as the Deputy Administrator of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct (2008-2009). In both Louisiana and New York, together with staff, he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of cases of judicial misconduct. Mr. Scheckman also previously served as the first General Counsel appointed and employed by the New Orleans Ethics Review Board (2009-2014) and as the first legal counsel appointed by the Jefferson Parish Ethics & Compliance Commission (2012-2017). Prior to his involvment in the fields of judicial and legal ethics, Mr. Scheckman was engaged in the practice of law in New Orleans (1978-1993), including as a staff attorney for three years with the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, where his practice was focused on the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and juvenile justice issues. Mr. Scheckman has also previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law on the faculty of Tulane Law School and as an ad hoc judge for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. He is a cum laude graduate of Ohio University and the Tulane University School of Law. 

Professional and Civic Activities

Member: Louisiana, New York and American Bar Associations

Member and LSBA representative, on the Mental Health Advocacy Service’s Board of Trustees (2013- present)

Member, Board of Directors of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (2013-2017)

Member, Louisiana Judges’ Assistance Committee, Louisiana District Judges Association (2010 to 2013)

Member and Secretary, Board of Directors of the Capital Appeals Project (2009-2015)

Member and Secretary, Board of Directors of the Promise of Justice Initiative (2012-2015)

Member, Innocence Project of New Orleans Criminal Attorney Accountability Project (2011-2012)     

Past President (2007-2009), Vice President (2004-2007) and Member, Board of Directors (2000-2010) of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel (AJDC) and Member of AJDC (1994-2010)                 

Member, Louisiana State Law Institute Children's Code Revision Committee (1991-2015)

Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation (2000-present)

Member, Louisiana Task Force on Indigent Defense (2004-2006)

Member and Treasurer, Board of Directors of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (1996 to 1999)

Member, Advisory Committee of the Children’s Code Project (1987-1991)

Founding Member and former Vice President, CASA New Orleans (1985-1991)

Member, Board of Directors (1981-1983) and cooperating attorney (1981-1993), ACLU of Louisiana 

Publications & Presentations

Steven Scheckman, Serving on boards of legal aid organizations and similar groups, 34 Jud. Conduct Rep., Summer 2012

Marla N. Greenstein & Steven Scheckman, The Judicial Ethics Expert, 33 Jud. Conduct Rep., Spring 2011

Marla N. Greenstein & Steven Scheckman, The Judicial Ethics Expert Witness, 22 Jud. Conduct Rep., Winter 2001

Steve Scheckman is a speaker and lecturer at seminars and continuing legal education programs both nationally and in Louisiana concerning the topics of judicial and legal ethics.

Honors & Recognition

AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

In 1991 Steve Scheckman was honored by Agenda for Children, a statewide advocacy and policy organization, and was designated “A Voice for Louisiana’s Children”