October 10, 2014
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
This responds to your inquiry (14-124) asking whether it is ethically permissible to accept an invitation to become a member of the Board of Directors of the local Police Athletic League.
The Committee has previously determined that a judge should not be a member or an officer of an organization with a law enforcement orientation because it could cause the judge’s impartiality to reasonably be questioned. However, a judge may attend fund-raising events and contribute financially to charitable causes in support of the group.
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Opinion 13-134 which addresses this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)