Opinion: 98-33
March 12, 1998
Digest:    A Town Justice may not serve as a clothing model at a charitable event even though the judge is not identified as such and will not be collecting funds for the charity.

Rules:    22 NYCRR 100.4(C)(3)(b)(i)


            A part-time judge inquires whether it is permissible to serve as a clothing fashion model at a local charitable event. The judge will not be identified as a judge nor will there be involvement in the collection of money for the charity.

            Section 100.4(C)(3)(b)(i) of the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct states that a judge "shall not personally participate in the solicitation of funds or other fund-raising activities." In the view of the Committee, the role of the judge at the event would constitute being an active participant in a fund-raising activity. Certainly, the probability of being identified in the community as a judge is quite substantial. Therefore, participation as contemplated is impermissible.