November 10, 2009
This responds to your inquiry (09-189) asking whether the niece/nephew of your aunt/uncle by marriage may appear before you. Pursuant to the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct, this relative of your aunt/uncle by marriage may appear before you as she/he is not related to you by blood or by marriage (see 22 NYCRR 100.0[C]; 100.3[E][e]), nor do you indicate any other factor that would warrant either disclosure or disqualification.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow
Justice of the Supreme Court (Ret.)