By: Daily Record Staff//September 25, 2023
By: Daily Record Staff//September 25, 2023//
New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Appointing law clerk
Treasurer from campaign
Background: A non-judge candidate asks, if elected, whether he may appoint his current campaign treasurer as their principal law clerk. The treasurer is an attorney the candidate has known and trusted since law school.
Opinion: The Committee concluded that a judicial candidate, if elected, may appoint their campaign treasurer as their principal law clerk, provided any remaining duties of the treasurer are strictly ministerial and the treasurer is no longer involved in political fund-raising or other prohibited political activity at the time of the appointment and the appointment is based on merit.