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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Fundraising: Opinion 12-86

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

Fundraising

Non-judicial Event Co-sponsors

Opinion 12-86

Background:  The inquiring judge chairs a judge’s association planning committee for an upcoming educational conference regarding the past, present and future of a particular court. The planning committee includes both judges and lawyers who practice in the court. The judge asked if he may permit non-judicial co-sponsors to raise funds from the foundations, bar associations, law schools, and members of the bar.

Opinion:  The committee concluded that under the circumstances presented, a judges’ association may permit non-judicial co-sponsors of an educational conference to raise funds from foundations, bar associations, law schools, and members of the bar.

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