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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Local law: Opinion 19-137

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Local law Disagreement – Contact with town board with judge’s opinion Opinion 19-137 Background: The inquiring town justice believes a recently enacted local law was poorly written and asks if he may ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Character reference letter: Opinion 19-116

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Character reference letter Familial relationship with applicant Opinion 19-116 Background: The inquiring judge’s niece/nephew is a law student and is applying for post-graduation employment in a government law office that does not ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Relative’s campaign advertisement: Opinion 19-113

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics First-degree relative’s campaign advertisement Judge’s prior non-judicial elected office Opinion 19-113 Background: The inquiring judge held non-judicial office before assuming the bench. His first-degree relative is now likewise running for office, and ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Judicial candidacy: Opinion 19-98

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Judicial candidacy Drug treatment court – Graduate endorsements Opinion 19-98 Background: A judicial candidate presiding in a drug treatment court asks if he may permit graduates with completely disposed cases to endorse ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Objecting to officer’s firearm: Opinion 19-155

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Objecting to officer’s firearm Investigation into license – Reporting requirements Opinion 19-155 Background: A county court judge who is a firearms licensing officer and a village justice both write to ask if ...

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NYSBA Committee on Judicial Ethics – Conflicts: Opinion 1174

New York State Bar Association Committee on Judicial Ethics Conflicts Amicus briefs – Opposing sides – Same law firm Ethics Opinion 1174 Background: The inquiring attorney whose law firm has circulated a proposal for attorneys to volunteer pro bono legal ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Part-time attorney: Opinion 19-125

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Part-time attorney Guardian appointment – Continued representation Opinion 19-125 Background: The inquiring part-time attorney judge was appointed as guardian of the person and property of a severely developmentally disabled individual before he ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Guardianship advisement: Opinion 19-91

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Guardianship advisement Dedicated guardianship part – Conflict of interest Opinion 19-91 Background: The inquiring full-time judge previously practiced in the guardianship field and now presides over a dedicated guardianship part. He has ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – First-degree relative as mayor: Opinion 19-92

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics First-degree relative as mayor Third-degree relative as head of department Opinion 19-92 Background: The inquiring judge’s first-degree relative is a candidate for mayor of the city where the judge presides. If the ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Paralegal misconduct: Opinion 19-90

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Paralegal misconduct Supervision – Forgeries Opinion 19-90 Background: The inquiring judge asked about his disciplinary obligations resulting from a paralegal’s alleged forgeries. Opinion: The Committee concluded that where a law firm’s former ...

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