Opinion 11-140

January 31, 2012

Dear Judge:


         This responds to your inquiry (11-140) asking whether it is ethically permissible to serve on a church committee which will address economic development and job creation on church supported projects. You indicate the committee is solely concerned with the study and support of church-sponsored initiatives to promote community housing and commercial development.

         It is ethically permissible for you to participate in such committee activity subject to certain prohibitions. For example, you may not render legal advice or engage in fund-raising.

         Enclosed, for your convenience, are Opinions 06-183 and 05-17 which address this issue.


Very truly yours,


George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice

Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)

Committee Chair