September 23, 2015
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
This responds to your inquiry (15-141) asking whether you may co-author a treatise on a specialized area of law and accept royalties from the sales of the book.
The Committee has previously advised that a judge may author, market and collect revenues and royalties based upon the sales of law-related books which they have published. However, any such compensation shall not exceed a reasonable amount or an amount that a person who is not a judge would receive for the same activity (see 22 NYCRR 100.4[H][a]). And, a full-time judge must file a report of the date, place and nature of any activity for which the judge received compensation in excess of $150 (see 22 NYCRR 100.4[H]).
Enclosed, for your convenience, are Opinions 10-84 and 13-06 which address this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)