By: Daily Record Staff//November 20, 2023
By: Daily Record Staff//November 20, 2023//
New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Prior client representation
Spouse is public official
Background: The inquiring full-time judge has been assigned several cases involving a defendant hospital. The judge has been advised that the hospital’s risk manager is a former client on two discrete transactional matters. The attorney-client relationship ended seven years prior. Further, the risk manager’s spouse is a public official who was on the same slate as the judge last year. He publicly endorsed the judge.
Ruling: The Committee concluded that a judge need not disclose or disqualify from a case merely because a party’s high-level employee, who will be present in the courtroom, also was previously a client of the judge more than two years ago and is married to a public official who was recently on the same slate as the judge and who publicly endorsed the judge.