October 14, 2014
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
This responds to your inquiry (14-123) asking whether you may publicly advocate for the passage of a constitutional amendment regarding legislative redistricting and whether you may serve as a moderator for a program on the redistricting amendment.
The Committee has previously advised that a judge may not serve on a panel that will discuss the principles of legislative redistricting and the governing law, because this topic is “inherently political and highly controversial.” Accordingly, you may not publicly advocate for a particular change in the redistricting process, and you may not serve as a moderator for a program discussing this issue.
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Opinion 10-133 which addresses this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)