March 29, 2016
This responds to your inquiry (16-40) asking if a judge who is a member and officer of a specialized bar association may sign the association’s certificate of incorporation.
This Committee has previously advised that a judge may be listed as a incorporator of an Hispanic fraternal organization. However, the judge may not use his/her formal judicial designation on the certificate of incorporation nor should the judge’s chambers be designated as the address for the organization.
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Opinion 96-98 which addresses this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)