July 14, 2017
This responds to your inquiry (17-84) asking if you may attend a regionally exclusive newspaper interview about your life story, your religious activity, career path and work-life balance.
The Committee has previously advised that a judge may be featured in a newspaper or magazine article. However, the judge’s participation may not interfere with his/her judicial duties, and the judge must adhere to all judicial speech limits, including the bar against commenting on pending or impending cases or making comments that would cast doubt upon a judge’s impartiality (see 22 NYCRR 100.3[B]; 100.4[A]).
Enclosed, for your convenience, are Opinions 13-31; 11-115 and 04-117 which address this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Div., First Dep’t (Ret.)
Hon. Margaret T. Walsh
Family Court Judge
Acting Justice, Supreme Court