March 16, 2012
This responds to your inquiry (12-09) asking about your ethical obligations now that the deputy chief clerk’s sibling is counsel for the local housing authority, which brings summary proceedings in your court.
The Committee advises that, given the close nature of this familial relationship, the deputy chief clerk should be insulated from any cases in which his/her sibling appears.
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Opinion 90-130 which is analogous to this situation.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)