September 12, 2002
Digest: A judge may serve on a law school reunion and reception dinner committee, provided that the judge’s role does not involve fund-raising or otherwise interfere with the judge’s judicial duties.
Rules: 22 NYCRR 100.4(A)(3); 100.4 (C)(3)(b).
A judge inquires whether the judge may join the reunion committee of the judge’s law school which is having its 30th reunion. The judge’s name would appear on the invitation to members of his/her class. The judge has been advised that the ticket price for the event will cover expenses only and there is no fund-raising aspect to the reunion celebration.
The Rules Governing Judicial Conduct provide that a judge may participate in civic, charitable and educational activities that do not involve the judge in fund-raising.100.4(A); 100.4(C)(3)(b). Further, participation must be in a manner which does not reflect adversely on the performance of judicial duties. 22 NYCRR 100.4(A)(3).
Based on the facts presented, it appears that the judge’s participation does not involve fund-raising or would interfere with his/her performance of judicial duties. Accordingly, the judge may serve on the committee.