The Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, at its meeting of June 13, 1997 considered your inquiry (97-63) asking if you may accept a Community Leadership Award at a not-for -profit agency's annual dinner.
Enclosed for your information is Opinion 94-147 (Vol. XIII) in which the committee held that, subject to certain limitations, a judge may receive an award at a not-for-profit organization's dinner as long as the dinner was not a fund-raising affair.
Accordingly, we are of the view that you may accept the award at the not-for-profit agency's annual dinner, as long as the dinner is not a fund-raiser and you comply with the other limitations stated in Opinion 94-147.
Very truly yours,
Thomas P. Flaherty
Justice of the Supreme Court
George D. Marlow
Dutchess County Court Judge