New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Part-time lawyer judge
Private client – Proceeding before board of assessment
Background: A part-time town judge who is also a practicing attorney asks if he may represent a private client in an administrative proceeding before a board of assessment review within the town where the judge presides. Alternatively, he asks if his law partners or associates may undertake the representation.
Opinion: The Committee concluded that a part-time lawyer judge may not represent a private client before the board of assessment review in the same town where the judge presides, but the judge’s partners or associates may undertake the representation provided there is no other ethical impediment and the judge neither participates in the representation nor shares in the fee.