By: Daily Record Staff//October 2, 2023
By: Daily Record Staff//October 2, 2023//
New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Uncompensated guest speaker
Background: The inquiring full-time judge asked if it is ethically permissible to accept an invitation from a for-profit company to be the guest speaker at a virtual, employee-only event in recognition of Black History Month and International Women’s Day. The judge is expected to share his life story as an example of breaking down barriers, offer thoughts on leadership and mentoring, and invite non-minorities to serve as allies. The judge will not receive an honorarium.
Opinion: The Committee concluded that a full-time judge may be the uncompensated quest speaker discussing aspects of the judge’s life and career path related to diversity and inclusion at a for-profit company’s employee-only event, where the company’s interests are unlikely to come before the judge and the judge’s name and image would not be used for commercial purposes.