July 1, 2010
This responds to your inquiry (10-65) asking whether, at the invitation of a city administration for children’s services, you may accept a child advocacy award. Even though your duties are largely managerial, because you still have a small caseload where the entity bestowing the award appears as a party before you, it is not ethically permissible for you to accept the award, as it would compromise the appearance of your impartiality.
Enclosed, for your convenience, are Opinions 04-91; 00-92; and 99-150, which address this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow
Appellate Division, First Dep’t (Ret.)