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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Appearance of Impropriety: Secretary’s Private Legal Matter

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Appearance of Impropriety Secretary’s Private Legal Matter Opinion 10-72 Background: An inquiring judge asked whether it would be permissible for an attorney to continue to appear in Family Court on appointed and retained matters ...

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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Appearance of Impropriety: Opinion 09-181

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Appearance of Impropriety Speaking Engagements Opinion 09-181 Background: A full-time judge that presides in a matrimonial part asked whether he may (1) speak about family law to employees of an insurance company; (2) ...

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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Appointing Former Law Clerks: Joint Opinion 10-107/10-158

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Appointing Former Law Clerks Referee Positions Joint Opinion 10-107/10-158 Background: Two inquiring judges asked whether they can appoint former law clerks to certain positions after the clerks retire. The first seeks to appoint a ...

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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Co-judges and Former Associates: Opinion 10-135

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Co-judges and Former Associates Recusal Opinion 10-135 Background: A self-represented plaintiff requested that a full-time judge recuse himself from a case because two attorneys in the law firm representing the defendant were the judge’s colleagues ...

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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Part-Time Judge: Opinion 11-22

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Part-Time Judge Elected Office Opinion 11-22 Background: A part-time judge asks whether he may serve the remaining years of his term as an elected fire commissioner for a local fire district and thereafter run ...

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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Prosecution by Lay Complainant: Joint Opinion 10-170/11-03

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Prosecution by Lay Complainant Joint Opinion 10-170/11-03 Background: Two town justices asked how to proceed when lay complainants file complaints regarding alleged criminal violations, and the district attorney declines to either prosecute the matter ...

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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Fundraising Activities: Opinion 10-132

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Fundraising Activities Donations Opinion 10-132 Background: A judge asks whether he may donate a photograph he created to a not-for-profit organization to use as a prize in a fundraising auction. The judge states that ...

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Committee on Judicial Ethics — Gas Drilling Advocacy: Opinion 10-156

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Gas Drilling Advocacy Private Citizen Opinion 10-156 Background: A Support Magistrate asked whether it was ethically permissible to participate in a citizens’ group opposing natural gas drilling in his county. The inquirer would be ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Socializing with Attorneys: Opinion 10-195

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Socializing with Attorneys Ordinary Hospitality Opinion 10-195 Background: The part-time judge inquired as to whether he may attend a holiday celebration hosted by the prosecutor’s office where he had worked just prior to assuming ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Appearance of Impartiality: Joint Opinion 09-210/09-228

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Appearance of Impartiality Employment with Law Enforcement Joint Opinion 09-210/09-228 Background: The two inquiries revolve around two part-time justice’s additional employment. The first was currently employed while he was a candidate for justice. The candidate ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Vendors: Opinion 09-174

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Vendors Judges’ Associations Opinion 09-174 Background: The inquirer is an officer of a judges’ association and asks whether the association may permit a vendor to station himself outside a private hotel meeting room the ...

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