By: Daily Record Staff//September 26, 2015
By: Daily Record Staff//September 26, 2015//
NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Part-time Law Professor
School Clinic Program
Background: The inquiring full-time judge is employed part-time as an adjunct professor at a law school which has established a clinical program, organized as a separate legal entity from the law school, and approved for certain fiduciary appointments. The legal clinic’s services are offered as pro bono educational opportunity for the law school’s students. However, the clinic may be awarded modest fees to cover legal costs.
Opinion: The committee concluded that a judge who teaches at a law school, and has no role in a pro bononon clinical program organized as a separate legal entity from the law school, may appoint the clinic and its qualified participants to fiduciary positions, and may award appropriate fees as the applicable rules and law permit.