Opinion 19-24

March 26, 2019


Dear :


         This responds to your inquiry (19-24) whether you may donate office space, in a building you own, to a not-for-profit charitable entity providing support to immigrants regardless of their immigration status. Though you are a part-time attorney judge practicing in the same building, you state the space will be on a different floor from your law firm. We understand the entity does not appear in court nor provide legal services to anyone.

         We conclude the proposed in-kind gift of office space is ethically permissible on these facts. Further, your proposed charitable donation is not rendered ethically impermissible merely because the entity gives general “know-your-rights” legal information and connects immigrants to pro bono legal services.

         Enclosed, for your convenience, are Opinions 15-223, 09-48 and 04-140, which address these issues.

                                                 Very truly yours,


                                                  George D. Marlow, Assoc Justice

                                                  Appellate Div., First Dept. (Ret)

                                                  Committee Co-Chair


                                                   Hon. Margaret T. Walsh

                                                   Supreme Court Justice

                                                   Committee Co-Chair