22 NYCRR 100.2(A); 100.4(A)(1);
Opinions 94-85 (Vol. XII); 92-112 (Vol. X).
A judge asks whether it is permissible "to serve as 'Honorary Director' on the Board of Directors of the New York Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc.," a non-profit foundation. As described in the material submitted, the organization "supports City, State and Federal Law Enforcement Departments and their members by providing equipment to departments and scholarships and financial support to these members and their families. The Foundation also honors members of law enforcement with awards."
In the opinion of the Committee, the judge may not serve as an honorary
director on the Board of Directors of this organization. Given the explicit
and exclusive law enforcement orientation of the organization, service
as a director, honorary or otherwise, is in our view, clearly "incompatible
with judicial office in that it may reflect adversely on the judge's impartiality"
(Opinion 94-85 [Vol. XII]), in violation of sections 100.2(A) and 100.4(A)(1)
of the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct. See also Opinion
92-112 (Vol. X).