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Connecticut Committee on Judicial Ethics
Subject Index of Connecticut Committee on Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinions
2008 through 2013

 
A  |  B  |  C  |  D  |  E  |  F  |  G  |  H  |  I  |  J  |  K  |  L  |  M  |  N  |  O  |  P  |  Q  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  U  |  V  |  W  |  X  |  W  |  Y  | 

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Activity by an Organization Concerned with the Law

  • Attending a luncheon meeting hosted by a Judicial Branch non-profit contractor (2012-18)

Advancing Private Interests

  • Preparing for post-retirement employment (2008-08)
  • Preparing for post-retirement employment (2010-03)
  • Retiring judge seeking court appointments/letters of recommendations (2011-18A & 18B)
  • Contacting Governor’s Legal Counsel to recommend judge for higher office (2011-19)
  • Judge’s spouse writing letter of support for family member involved in a criminal matter (2011-30, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Cooperating with publisher’s program of book promotion; book signings, interviews and talks (2012-13)
  • Receiving a MADD award at annual dinner (2012-25)
  • Accepting an award from a victim support and advocacy group at a candlelight vigil (2012-29, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Making donation and attending a fund-raising event hosted by Children’s Law Center (2012-30)
  • Receiving award at community chamber of commerce program (2013-21, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Participating as a panelist at a widely advertised for-profit business summit (2013-28, Formal Opinion)

Advertising

  • Use of advertising material for seminar (2008-14)
  • Use of name for advertising award dinner (2009-11)
  • Placing an advertisement in fundraising journal (2009-16, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Use of name in advertising the awarding of an honorary degree (2010-32)
  • Cooperating with publisher’s program of book promotion; book signings, interviews and talks (2012-13)

Advisory Opinions – Jurisdiction

  • Matters pending before a court, agency or commission (2008-11)
  • Appearing attorney involved in potential complaint against judge (2009-03)
  • Hypothetical question - Participating as a panel member at an educational seminar (2011-31)

Advocacy

  • Engaging in non-partisan advocacy for the establishment of a governmental commission, primarily concerned with the law, the legal system and the administration of justice (2012-14)

Affidavits

Appearance of Impropriety

  • Holiday party on a cruise ship (2008-16)
  • Serving on board of legal aid organization (2009-10, Formal Opinion)
  • Membership on the American Board of Trial Advocates (2009-17)
  • Ex parte letter to judge from appearing attorney (2009-21)
  • Officiating and attending wedding of former co-worker (2010-18)
  • Accepting award/free tickets to a legal aid event underwritten by law firm donors (2010-30)
  • Serving on a statutorily-created Executive Branch advisory committee with broad responsibilities (2011-02)
  • Serving on a statutorily-created Executive Branch advisory committee to provide on-going review/recommendations for improvements to a specific program or facility (2011-03)
  • Serving on an ad hoc advisory committee to an Executive Branch official with participation limited to facilitating discussions (2011-04)
  • Serving on an ad hoc advisory committee to an Executive Branch official with participation limited to connecting the official to constituencies the department/agency serves (2011-05)
  • Serving as delegate for an organization that promotes a particular national or ethnic origin (2011-09)
  • Retiring judge seeking court appointments/letters of recommendations (2011-18A & 18B)
  • Contacting Governor’s Legal Counsel to recommend judge for higher office (2011-19)
  • Court employee’s relative a criminal defendant sentenced by judge (2011-27)
  • Attending lawyer’s retirement party (2012-01)
  • Retirement dinner/fundraiser for judge to benefit non-profit organization concerned with the law, the legal system or the administration of justice (2012-22)
  • Judge represented by a member of the same law firm that represented a party in a prior unrelated matter (2012-24)
  • Accepting an invitation from the CT Trial Lawyers Association to attend a dinner at its annual meeting (2013-25)
  • Participating as a panelist at a widely advertised for-profit business summit (2013-28, Formal Opinion)
  • Presiding over juvenile cases involving a prosecutor who previously consulted with an attorney (former law partner of judge’s spouse) on an unrelated adult criminal matter (2013-45, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Presiding over a trial involving an attorney who is a member of the Judicial Review Council (2013-46, Emergency Staff Opinion)

Associations, See Membership.

Attorneys

  • Performance evaluations for attorneys seeking contracts with the Commission on Child Protection (2009-15)
  • Ex parte letter to judge from appearing attorney (2009-21)
  • Presiding in case involving judge’s former attorney & spouse’s attorney (2009-30, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Reporting unprofessional conduct of an out-of-state attorney (2010-06)
  • Referring pending cases from former law practice to attorneys (2013-19)
  • Social relationship with attorney who previously referred cases to judge (2013-20)

Attorney Conflict

  • Appearing attorney involved in potential complaint against judge (2009-03)
  • Ex parte letter to judge from appearing attorney (2009-21)

Awards & Honors

  • Award for excellence in mediation by nonprofit organization (2009-11)
  • Accepting award, in a representative capacity, at a fundraiser (2009-14)
  • Accepting recognition at advocacy organization fundraiser (2009-32)
  • Accepting recognition as a distinguished high school alumni at non-fundraising event (2009-35)
  • Accepting award at banquet for student athletes (2009-39)
  • Accepting award from criminal justice public agency (2010-13)
  • Accepting award/free tickets to a legal aid event underwritten by law firm donors (2010-30)
  • Accepting honorary degree from college in connection with speaking appearance (2010-32)
  • Accepting award from a Judicial non-profit contractor (2011-29)
  • Accepting recognition at a fundraiser hosted by law-related organization (2012-15)
  • Receiving a MADD award at annual dinner (2012-25)
  • Accepting an award from a victim support and advocacy group at a candlelight vigil (2012-29, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Making donation and attending a fund-raising event hosted by Children’s Law Center (2012-30)
  • Receiving award at community chamber of commerce program (2013-21, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)

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Bar Association Functions

  • Attending a bar association’s annual meeting as a guest of the bar association (2011-13)
  • Accepting an invitation from the CT Trial Lawyers Association to attend a dinner at its annual meeting (2013-25)
  • Speaking on a panel at an enrichment event for the Women’s Caucus of the CT Trial Lawyers Association (2013-33)

Bias and Prejudice

  • Status as an owner of a pet adopted from an animal rescue center (2011-16)
  • Status as a member of the Audubon Society in a case involving environmental issues (2011-24)
  • Judge represented by a member of the same law firm that represented a party in a prior unrelated matter (2012-24)
  • Presiding over juvenile cases involving a prosecutor who previously consulted with an attorney (former law partner of judge’s spouse) on an unrelated adult criminal matter (2013-45, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Presiding over a trial involving an attorney who is a member of the Judicial Review Council (2013-46, Emergency Staff Opinion)

Board of Directors, Nonprofit organization

  • Serving on board of legal aid organization (2009-10, Formal Opinion)

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Character Witness

  • Testifying as a fact witness at an administrative hearing regarding a personnel matter involving a close personal friend (2012-31)

Charitable Activities

  • Attending expensive charity event (2008-05)
  • Soliciting contributions by spouse (2008-07)
  • Attending charity event as guest of an attorney (2008-09)
  • Attending fundraising charity dinner honoring relative (2009-02)
  • Serving as honorary co-chair of charitable organization’s goods drive (2009-27)
  • Co-authoring book & writing program book articles for benefit of charity (2010-02)
  • Providing letter of support to law-related organization for fundraising (2011-28, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Signing a letter of support, in judge’s capacity as Chair of a Judicial Branch committee, on behalf of a legal aid organization (2013-24)

Civic Activities

  • Speaking at legal aid breakfast (2009-09)
  • Serving as director of legal aid organization (2009-10, Formal Opinion)
  • Speaking at a cultural flag-raising celebration (2009-18, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Serving on advisory board of a program devoted to refugee and immigrant services (2009-33)
  • Attending gubernatorial ball and dinner at no cost (2010-36)
  • Serving as keynote speaker for a nonprofit civic organization fundraising program (2010-38)
  • Speaking at the anniversary dinner of a non-profit land conservation organization (2013-13, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Participating as the master of ceremonies and introducing dignitaries at a fundraising event hosted by a non-law related organization (2013-29)
  • Attending the portrait unveiling ceremony of a former governor (2013-37)
  • Serving as keynote speaker at civic/charitable organization award dinner (2013-41)

Compensation

  • Accepting payment from former law firm (2008-19 & 2008-19A)
  • Accepting honorarium and reimbursement for costs of conference, travel, lodging and meals (2010-22)
  • Accepting gift card as honorarium for speaking at an executive branch sponsored event (2012-11)
  • Accepting a referral fee pursuant to an agreement made prior to judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-08)
  • Signing affidavit and accepting payment for work performed prior to judicial appointment (2013-34)

Compliance with Code

  • Application of Code to Family Support Magistrate Referees (2008-13)

Court Employees

  • Recommendation for court employee (2008-01)
  • Reference letter for former law clerk (2008-03)
  • Recommendation for court employee (2008-26)
  • Court employee, applying for law firm position (2009-20, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Temporary Assistant Clerks, applying for law firm position (2009-36)
  • Court employee’s relative a criminal defendant sentenced by judge (2011-27)

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Disclosure/Disqualification

  • Knowledge gained from prior court assignment (2008-02)
  • Communications with law firm regarding post-retirement employment (2008-08)
  • Ownership of small amount of stock (2008-12)
  • Prior employment as part-time corporation counsel (2008-21)
  • Appearing attorney involved in potential complaint against judge (2009-03)
  • Letter of support for attorney nominated for award (2009-05)
  • Reference letter for applicant to municipal police department (2009-08)
  • Family member has case pending in judge’s judicial district (2009-12)
  • Letter of recommendation for applicant to federal court system (2009-13)
  • Performance evaluations for attorneys seeking contracts with the Commission on Child Protection (2009-15)
  • Court employee, applying for position with law firm (2009-20, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Ex parte letter to judge from appearing attorney (2009-21)
  • Presiding in case involving judge’s former attorney & spouse’s attorney (2009-30, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Temporary Assistant Clerks, applying for position with law firm (2009-36)
  • Writing a prologue to a hornbook (2009-40)
  • Former client appearing as a party (2010-04)
  • Presiding in a case where party has testified before legislature against judge’s reappointment (2010-09)
  • Writing foreword to a book on child safety and the Internet (2010-15)
  • Presiding in a case involving former condominium association attorney (2010-19)
  • Spouse’s ownership of stock in corporation (2010-23)
  • Prior professional relationship with former law firm, municipal clients and attorney with whom judge had subleasing arrangement (2010-25)
  • Disclosure of financial relationship between judge’s sibling and appearing attorney (2010-26)
  • Presiding over motion in a case where judge has close personal relationship with retired partner in law firm (2010-28)
  • Receipt from college of an honorary degree (2010-32)
  • Responding to an inquiry from the Judicial Selection Committee (2011-01)
  • Duty to disclose close personal relationship with AG (2011-06)
  • Ownership of stocks/bonds in financial institution (2011-07)
  • Ownership of stocks/bonds in financial institution (2011-08)
  • Duty to disclose relationship with nonprofit agency and its attorneys (2011-11)
  • Status as an owner of a pet adopted from an animal rescue center (2011-16)
  • Retiring judge seeking court appointments/letters of recommendations (2011-18A & 18B)
  • When family member is a police officer (2011-20)
  • Status as a member of the Audubon Society in a case involving environmental issues (2011-24)
  • Ownership of collateralized mortgage obligation bonds (2011-22)
  • Providing information to an executive branch agency for publication on its website (2011-25)
  • Court employee’s relative a criminal defendant sentenced by judge (2011-27)
  • Accepting award from a Judicial non-profit contractor (2011-29)
  • Marrying a government attorney (2012-03)
  • Presiding over pretrial involving law firm that represents judge in a pending matter (2012-08, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Former law partner serving as a special master (2012-09, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Presiding over matter involving spouse’s employer (2012-19, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Judge represented by a member of the same law firm that represented a party in a prior unrelated matter (2012-24)
  • Providing letter of recommendation to the Office of the Chief Public Defender (2012-27)
  • Serving as a member of a community advisory board for a hospital consortium seeking state-funding for a health screening program (2012-33)
  • Referring pending cases from former law practice to attorneys (2013-19)
  • Social relationship with attorney who previously referred cases to judge (2013-20)
  • Consenting to the use of the judge’s name as a reference for an Executive Branch employee (2013-32)
  • Signing affidavit and accepting payment for work performed prior to judicial appointment (2013-34)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)
  • Presiding over juvenile cases involving a prosecutor who previously consulted with an attorney (former law partner of judge’s spouse) on an unrelated adult criminal matter (2013-45, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Presiding over a trial involving an attorney who is a member of the Judicial Review Council (2013-46, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Presiding over cases involving a relative’s law firm (2013-48)

Discounts, See also Gifts.

  • Accepting one year subscription to Connecticut Law Tribune at a special discounted government rate (2010-20)
  • Contracting with state technical school students at discounted rate; contracting with state technical school employees (2011-26)

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Educational Activities

  • Participating as a panel member at an educational seminar (2008-14)
  • Participating as a mock trial judge for contract attorneys (2008-23)
  • Participating at law-related educational program with corporate & law firm sponsors (2009-23)
  • Teaching course on legislative process at state university (2009-24)
  • Appearing in a DCF recruitment video (2009-29)
  • Participating as a mock trial judge for group of psychiatrists and psychiatry students (2009-34)
  • Discussing judge’s personal views of the scientific evidence in a criminal case (2010-11)
  • Speaking to state employees who are engaged in licensing, investigation and quality improvement of daycare facilities (2010-21, Formal Opinion)
  • Speaking at an out-of-state conference regarding the general use and presentation of forensic and scientific evidence in criminal trial (2010-22)
  • Providing assistance to a high school mock trial team (2012-26)
  • Accepting offer to attend law school training at a reduced rate/free of charge (2012-34)
  • Serving as coach for middle school mock trial team (2013-11)
  • Speaking on a law related topic at a TEDx conference at non-profit educational institution (2013-23)
  • Speaking to a class of law school students about the legislative and state budget process (2013-39)
  • Serving as a panelist speaker at a foreclosure seminar hosted by the CT Mortgage Bankers Association (2013-42)
  • Speaking on a panel at non-profit trade media organization’s annual meeting (2013-43)

Electronic Social Media

  • Participating in an internet-based social networking site, such as Facebook (2013-06)

Email

  • Continuing to use for personal matters an email address created by the Judicial Official’s former law office (2013-05)

Event, attendance/appearance

  • Speaking at legal aid breakfast (2009-09)
  • Award recipient at a nonprofit fundraising dinner event (2009-11)
  • Accepting award, in a representative capacity, at fundraiser (2009-14)
  • Speaking at a cultural flag-raising celebration (2009-18, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Participating at law-related educational program with corporate & law firm sponsors (2009-23)
  • Accepting recognition at advocacy organization fundraiser (2009-32)
  • Accepting recognition as a distinguished high school alumni at non-fundraising event (2009-35)
  • Award recipient/guest of honor at banquet for student athletes (2009-39)
  • Serving as EMCEE at an awards ceremony (2010-02)
  • Discussing judge’s personal views of the scientific evidence in a criminal case (2010-11)
  • Speaking at a reception for a for-profit, law-related business (2010-17)
  • Officiating and attending wedding of former co-worker (2010-18)
  • Speaking to state employees who are engaged in licensing, investigation and quality improvement of daycare facilities (2010-21, Formal Opinion)
  • Speaking at an out-of-state conference regarding the general use and presentation of forensic and scientific evidence in criminal trial (2010-22)
  • Participating in golf tournament fundraiser for injured employee (2010-27)
  • Award recipient at legal aid organization event underwritten by law firm donors (2010-30)
  • Attending university dinner to raise funds for Gov. Rell Center for Public Service (2010-33)
  • Attending gubernatorial ball and dinner at no cost (2010-36)
  • Serving as keynote speaker for a nonprofit civic organization fundraising program (2010-38)
  • Serving as delegate for an organization that promotes a particular national or ethnic origin (2011-09)
  • Attending a bar association’s annual meeting as a guest of the bar association (2011-13)
  • Accepting gift card as honorarium for speaking at an executive branch sponsored event (2012-11)
  • Accepting recognition at a fundraiser hosted by law-related organization (2012-15)
  • Attending a luncheon meeting hosted by a Judicial Branch non-profit contractor (2012-18)
  • Attending small gathering for retiring political official (2012-21)
  • Retirement dinner/fundraiser for judge to benefit non-profit organization concerned with the law, the legal system or the administration of justice (2012-22)
  • Speaking at the anniversary dinner of a non-profit land conservation organization (2013-13, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Receiving award at community chamber of commerce program (2013-21, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Speaking on a law related topic at a TEDx conference at non-profit educational institution (2013-23)
  • Accepting an invitation from the CT Trial Lawyers Association to attend a dinner at its annual meeting (2013-25)
  • Participating as a panelist at a widely advertised for-profit business summit (2013-28, Formal Opinion)
  • Participating as the master of ceremonies and introducing dignitaries at a fundraising event hosted by a non-law related organization (2013-29)
  • Speaking on a panel at an enrichment event for the Women’s Caucus of the CT Trial Lawyers Association (2013-33)
  • Attending the portrait unveiling ceremony of a former governor (2013-37)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)
  • Serving as keynote speaker at civic/charitable organization award dinner (2013-41)
  • Serving as a panelist speaker at a foreclosure seminar hosted by the CT Mortgage Bankers Association (2013-42)
  • Speaking on a panel at non-profit trade media organization’s annual meeting (2013-43)
  • Attending a holiday party hosted by a municipality’s governing body (2013-47)

Ex Parte Communications

  • Contacting federal judge hearing parallel case (2008-22)
  • Ex parte letter to judge from appearing attorney (2009-21)

Extrajudicial Activities

  • Serving on a statutorily-created Executive Branch advisory committee with broad responsibilities (2011-02)
  • Serving on a statutorily-created Executive Branch advisory committee to provide on-going review/recommendations for improvements to a specific program or facility (2011-03)
  • Serving on an ad hoc advisory committee to an Executive Branch official with participation limited to facilitating discussions (2011-04)
  • Serving on an ad hoc advisory committee to an Executive Branch official with participation limited to connecting the official to constituencies the department/agency serves (2011-05)
  • Accepting legal honor society’s offer to waive annual dues (2011-10)
  • Serving on board of a nonprofit affiliated with Executive Branch agency (2011-15)
  • Accepting certifying agency’s offer to waive dues (2011-23)
  • Accepting gift card as honorarium for speaking at an executive branch sponsored event (2012-11)
  • Cooperating with publisher’s program of book promotion; book signings, interviews and talks (2012-13)
  • Appearing as a radio show guest to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act decision (2012-23, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Submitting an op-ed article for publication in a newspaper concerning the importance of voting in the upcoming election (2012-32)
  • Serving as a member of a community advisory board for a hospital consortium seeking state-funding for a health screening program (2012-33)
  • Serving on the board of directors of an out-of-state homeowners’ association (2013-01)
  • Soliciting contributions for a portrait in honor of a deceased judge (2013-02)
  • Participating in an internet-based social networking site, such as Facebook (2013-06)
  • Socializing with attorney whose cases make up a large portion of the judge’s docket (2013-07, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Serving on board of nonprofit organization that provides services to court-involved clients and receives the majority of its funding from Judicial Branch contracts (2013-15)
  • Serving as an officer, director or section leader for the Connecticut Bar Association (2013-16)
  • Continuing membership as a Judicial Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2013-17)
  • Continuing membership as a Judicial Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2013-18)
  • Assisting with the organizational effort to establish CT’s first Family Justice Center for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence (2013-26)
  • Serving on the board of a law-related professional organization (2013-31)
  • Serving on the board of directors of a law-related professional organization (2013-31)
  • Speaking on a panel at an enrichment event for the Women’s Caucus of the CT Trial Lawyers Association (2013-33)

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Facebook

  • Participating in an internet-based social networking site, such as Facebook (2013-06)

Family

  • Attending expensive charity event (2008-05)
  • Soliciting contributions by spouse (2008-07)
  • Attending charity event, with spouse, as guest of attorney (2008-09)
  • Writing letter of recommendation to Judicial Selection Commission for relative (2008-10)
  • Attending fundraising dinner honoring relative (2009-02)
  • Attending political event honoring relative (2009-07)
  • Acting as legal advisor for close family member (2009-12)
  • Acting as guardian for disabled family member (2010-14)
  • Spouse’s ownership of stock in corporation (2010-23)
  • Disclosure of financial relationship between judge’s sibling and appearing attorney (2010-26)
  • When family member is a police officer (2011-20)
  • Court employee’s relative a criminal defendant sentenced by judge (2011-27)
  • Judge’s spouse writing letter of support for family member involved in a criminal matter (2011-30, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Serving as executor for a first cousin who resides outside CT (2012-04)
  • Presiding over matter involving spouse’s employer (2012-19, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Presiding over cases involving a relative’s law firm (2013-48)

Family Support Magistrate Referee

  • Applicability of the Code of Judicial Conduct to Family Support Magistrate Referees (2008-13)

Fiduciary Positions

  • Serving as executor for a first cousin who resides outside CT (2012-04)

Financial Activities

  • Stock ownership in bank that frequently appears before judge (2008-12)
  • Financial contributions to a legal aid society (2008-18)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)

Financial Disclosure

  • Attending expensive charity event (2008-05)
  • Attending charity event as guest of attorney (2008-09)
  • Financial contributions to a legal aid society (2008-18)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)

Former Law Firm. See also Compensation.

  • Accepting payment from former law firm (2008-19 & 2008-19A)
  • Accepting a referral fee pursuant to an agreement made prior to judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-08)
  • Answering factual questions posed by attorneys in connection with referred cases (2013-12)

Fundraiser. See also Charitable Activities; Event, attendance/appearance.

  • Speaking at a legal aid breakfast (2009-09)
  • Award recipient at a nonprofit fundraising dinner event (2009-11)
  • Accepting award, in a representative capacity, at a fundraiser (2009-14)
  • Placing an advertisement in fundraising journal (2009-16, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Accepting recognition at advocacy organization fundraiser (2009-32)
  • Award recipient at fundraising banquet for student athletes (2009-39)
  • Golf tournament fundraiser for injured employee (2010-27)
  • Serving as keynote speaker for a nonprofit civic organization fundraising program (2010-38)
  • Accepting recognition at a fundraiser hosted by law-related organization (2012-15)
  • Retirement dinner/fundraiser for judge to benefit non-profit organization concerned with the law, the legal system or the administration of justice (2012-22)
  • Participating as the master of ceremonies and introducing dignitaries at a fundraising event hosted by a non-law related organization (2013-29)

Fundraising, See also Charitable Activities; Soliciting Contributions.

  • Serving on a law school reunion committee (2008-06)
  • Soliciting contributions by spouse (2008-07)
  • Serving as honorary co-chair of charitable organization’s goods drive (2009-27)
  • Being listed as a sponsor in a musician’s program journal (2009-38)
  • Co-authoring book & writing program book articles for benefit of charity (2010-02)
  • Soliciting sustaining members of a law related organization (2010-31)
  • Providing letter of support to law-related organization for fundraising (2011-28, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Serving on a nonprofit law-related organization that engages in fundraising (2012-07)
  • Soliciting contributions for a portrait in honor of a deceased judge (2013-02)
  • Signing a letter of support, in judge’s capacity as Chair of a Judicial Branch committee, on behalf of a legal aid organization (2013-24)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)

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Gifts

  • Accepting baseball tickets from attorney (2008-04)
  • Attending expensive charity event (2008-05)
  • Soliciting contributions by spouse (2008-07)
  • Attending charity event as guest of attorney (2008-09)
  • Participating as a panel member at an educational seminar (2008-14)
  • Attending fundraising charity dinner honoring relative (2009-02)
  • Spending time with lawyer friends at their vacation home (2009-04)
  • Accepting ticket to hospital fundraising event (2009-31, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Accepting one year subscription to Connecticut Law Tribune at a special discounted government rate (2010-20)
  • Accepting award/free tickets to a legal aid event underwritten by law firm donors (2010-30)
  • Attending gubernatorial ball and dinner at no cost (2010-36)
  • Attending a bar association’s annual meeting as a guest of the bar association (2011-13)
  • Marrying a government attorney (2012-03)
  • Officiating at wedding and attending reception (2012-17, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Attending a luncheon meeting hosted by a Judicial Branch non-profit contractor (2012-18)
  • Accepting offer to attend law school training at a reduced rate/free of charge (2012-34)
  • Accepting a gift from the judge’s former state office at a dinner celebrating the judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-09)
  • Accepting gifts at a family-organized dinner celebrating judge’s appointment to bench (2013-10)
  • Accepting a gift from an attorney at a dinner in honor of the judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-22)
  • Accepting an invitation from the CT Trial Lawyers Association to attend a dinner at its annual meeting (2013-25)
  • Accepting a book from an attorney (2013-27)

Governmental Commissions

  • Appointment to governmental commission (2008-24)
  • Participation on State Post-Employment Benefits Commission (2010-05)
  • Serving on a statutorily-created Executive Branch advisory committee with broad responsibilities (2011-02)
  • Serving on a statutorily-created Executive Branch advisory committee to provide on-going review/recommendations for improvements to a specific program or facility (2011-03)
  • Serving on an ad hoc advisory committee to an Executive Branch official with participation limited to facilitating discussions (2011-04)
  • Serving on an ad hoc advisory committee to an Executive Branch official with participation limited to connecting the official to constituencies the department/agency serves (2011-05)
  • Appointment to board of a nonprofit affiliated with Executive Branch agency (2011-15)
  • Propriety of serving on Connecticut Sentencing Commission (2011-21, Formal Opinion)
  • Officiating at wedding and attending reception (2012-17, Emergency Staff Opinion)

Guardianship

  • Acting as guardian for disabled family member (2010-14)

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Judicial Nominees

  • Contracting with state technical school students at discounted rate; contracting with state technical school employees (2011-26)

Judicial Power of Appointment

  • Retiring judge seeking court appointments/letters of recommendations (2011-18A & 18B)
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Law School Activities

  • Serving on a law school reunion committee (2008-06)
  • Accepting offer to attend law school training at a reduced rate/free of charge (2012-34)

Lawyer Peer Review

  • Providing Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating for lawyer (2011-17)
  • Serving as a reference for law firm in the Chambers & Partners guide (2013-40)

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Media, See also Off the Bench Conduct

  • Initiating communications with the media (2008-20)
  • Participating on “Law Talk” segment of radio program (2008-25)
  • Being interviewed on camera regarding television coverage of court proceedings (2009-01)

Membership

  • Serving as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2009-17)
  • Honorary lifetime membership in law enforcement alumni association (2010-16)
  • Membership in an organization that promotes a particular national or ethnic origin (2011-09)
  • Membership in a national ethnic bar association (2012-10)

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Name, Use of

  • In communications concerning law school fundraising activities (2008-06)
  • Use of name for advertising award dinner (2009-11)
  • As a reference for applicant to federal court system (2009-13)
  • Placing an advertisement in fundraising journal (2009-16, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • On advocacy organization’s online listing of officials willing to perform same sex marriages (2009-19)
  • Participating at law-related educational program with corporate & law firm sponsors (2009-23)
  • Serving as honorary co-chair of charitable organization’s goods drive (2009-27)
  • Serving as director of a publicly-held company (2009-28)
  • Being listed as a sponsor in a musician’s program journal (2009-38)
  • Use of title in articles written for program book (2010-02)
  • Use of title in golf tournament fundraiser for injured employee (2010-27)
  • Use of name in advertising legal aid organization event (2010-30)
  • Lending name to a campaign whose purpose is to solicit sustaining members of a law related organization (2010-31)
  • Use of name in advertising the awarding of an honorary degree (2010-32)
  • Use of title on a website answer board (2011-14)
  • Maintaining a personal webpage (2012-12)
  • Retirement dinner/fundraiser for judge to benefit non-profit organization concerned with the law, the legal system or the administration of justice (2012-22)
  • Receiving award at community chamber of commerce program (2013-21, Emergency Staff Opinion)

New Judge

  • Accepting payment from former law firm (2008-19 & 2008-19A)
  • Continuing to use for personal matters an email address created by the Judicial Official’s former law office (2013-05)
  • Accepting a referral fee pursuant to an agreement made prior to judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-08)
  • Accepting a gift from the judge’s former state office at a dinner celebrating the judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-09)
  • Accepting gifts at a family-organized dinner celebrating judge’s appointment to bench (2013-10)
  • Answering factual questions posed by attorneys in connection with referred cases (2013-12)
  • Accepting a gift from an attorney at a dinner in honor of the judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-22)
  • Signing affidavit and accepting payment for work performed prior to judicial appointment (2013-34)

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Oath of Office

  • Being sworn in by spouse (2010-12 Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Administering oath to elected legislative official (2010-37 Emergency Staff Opinion)

Off the Bench Conduct

  • Initiating communications with the media (2008-20)
  • Communicating with federal judge hearing parallel case (2008-22)
  • Participating on “Law Talk” segment of radio program (2008-25)
  • Being interviewed on camera concerning television coverage of court proceedings (2009-01)
  • Attending fundraising charity dinner honoring relative (2009-02)
  • Cooperating with publisher’s program of book promotion; book signings, interviews and talks (2012-13)
  • Appearing as a radio show guest to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act decision (2012-23, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Submitting an op-ed article for publication in a newspaper concerning the importance of voting in the upcoming election (2012-32)

Ordinary Social Hospitality

  • Attending sold-out baseball game with attorney-friend using tickets obtained by attorney’s law firm (2008-04)
  • Guests of spouse’s client at charity event (2008-05)
  • Tickets to charity reception and dinner from attorney (2008-09)
  • Attending law firm’s holiday party (2008-16)
  • Spending time at vacation home of attorney (2009-04)
  • Officiating and attending wedding of former co-worker (2010-18)
  • Marrying a government attorney (2012-03)
  • Officiating at wedding and attending reception (2012-17, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Attending a holiday party hosted by a municipality’s governing body (2013-47)

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Policy and Rules of Committee

  • Matters pending before a court, agency or commission (2008-11)
  • Appearing attorney involved in potential complaint against judge (2009-03)
  • Hypothetical question - Participating as a panel member at an educational seminar (2011-31)

Political Activity

  • Public event at which friend will announce candidacy for political office (2009-06, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Attending political event honoring relative (2009-07)
  • Contributions to federal and non-Connecticut political organizations & candidates (2010-24)
  • Attending small gathering for retiring political official (2012-21)
  • Submitting an op-ed article for publication in a newspaper concerning the importance of voting in the upcoming election (2012-32)
  • Signing primary petition on behalf of a political candidate (2013-36)

Post-retirement Employment

  • Communications with law firm, post-retirement employment (2008-08)
  • Advertising with private ADR service, providing general notice to attorneys of post-retirement availability (2010-03)
  • Retiring judge seeking court appointments/letters of recommendations (2011-18A & 18B)

Practice of Law

  • Acting as legal advisor for close family member (2009-12)
  • Signing an acknowledgment or affidavit (2009-26, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Answering factual questions posed by attorneys in connection with referred cases (2013-12)

Prestige of Office

  • Serving on a law school reunion committee (2008-06)
  • Serving on advisory board of an organization operated by a for-profit business (2009-25)
  • Serving as honorary co-chair of charitable organization’s goods drive (2009-27)
  • Retiring judge seeking court appointments/letters of recommendations (2011-18A & 18B)
  • Contacting Governor’s Legal Counsel to recommend judge for higher office (2011-19)
  • Judge’s spouse writing letter of support for family member involved in a criminal matter (2011-30, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Receiving a MADD award at annual dinner (2012-25)
  • Accepting an award from a victim support and advocacy group at a candlelight vigil (2012-29, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Making donation and attending a fund-raising event hosted by Children’s Law Center (2012-30)
  • Participating in a group photo wearing robe in support of Rare Disease Day (2013-04, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Speaking on a law related topic at a TEDx conference at non-profit educational institution (2013-23)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)

Promoting Public Confidence

  • Contracting with state technical school students at discounted rate; contracting with state technical school employees (2011-26)
  • Receiving a MADD award at annual dinner (2012-25)
  • Accepting an award from a victim support and advocacy group at a candlelight vigil (2012-29, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Making donation and attending a fund-raising event hosted by Children’s Law Center (2012-30)
  • Participating in a group photo wearing robe in support of Rare Disease Day (2013-04, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Signing a letter of support, in judge’s capacity as Chair of a Judicial Branch committee, on behalf of a legal aid organization (2013-24)
  • Assisting with the organizational effort to establish CT’s first Family Justice Center for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence (2013-26)

Public Statements

  • Engaging in non-partisan advocacy for the establishment of a governmental commission, primarily concerned with the law, the legal system and the administration of justice (2012-14)
  • Appearing as a radio show guest to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act decision (2012-23, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Submitting an op-ed article for publication in a newspaper concerning the importance of voting in the upcoming election (2012-32)

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Recommendations

  • Recommendation for court employee (2008-01)
  • Reference letter for former law clerk (2008-03)
  • Recommendation for relative being considered for judgeship (2008-10)
  • Letter of reference in adversarial character and fitness proceeding for bar applicant (2008-15)
  • Recommendation of attorney for legal representation (2008-17)
  • Recommendation for court employee (2008-26)
  • Letter of support for attorney nominated for award (2009-05)
  • Reference letter for applicant to municipal police department (2009-08)
  • Letter of recommendation for applicant to federal court system (2009-13)
  • Performance evaluations for attorneys seeking contracts with the Commission on Child Protection (2009-15)
  • Recommendation for employee of former business client (2009-22)
  • Completing recommendation form for prep school admission (2009-37)
  • Recommendation for former private practice secretary (2010-07)
  • Responding to an inquiry from the Judicial Selection Committee (2011-01)
  • Retiring judge seeking court appointments/letters of recommendations (2011-18A & 18B)
  • Contacting Governor’s Legal Counsel to recommend judge for higher office (2011-19)
  • Recommending name of counsel and accepting referral fee (2012-02)
  • Reference letter for person nominated as a Youth of the Year (2012-05)
  • Questionnaire for attorney being considered for inclusion in an international legal honorary society (2012-16)
  • Providing letter of recommendation to the Office of the Chief Public Defender (2012-27)
  • Providing letter of reference for a long-time friend in connection with a federal sentencing hearing (2013-30)
  • Consenting to the use of the judge’s name as a reference for an Executive Branch employee (2013-32)
  • Serving as a reference for law firm in the Chambers & Partners guide (2013-40)

Recusal. See Disclosure & Disqualification.

Referral Fee

  • Recommending name of counsel and accepting referral fee (2012-02)

Remittal

  • Stock ownership in bank that frequently appears before judge (2008-12)

Reporting Misconduct

  • Appearing attorney involved in potential complaint against judge (2009-03)
  • Ex parte letter to judge from appearing attorney (2009-21)
  • Reporting unprofessional conduct of an out-of-state attorney (2010-06)
  • Duty to report possible misconduct of another judge (2010-10)

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Senior Judges/Judge Trial Referees

  • Participation on State Post-Employment Benefits Commission (2010-05)

Sentencing Proceedings

  • Providing letter of reference for a long-time friend in connection with a federal sentencing hearing (2013-30)
Service on Board
  • Serving as director of legal aid organization (2009-10, Formal Opinion)
  • Serving on advisory board of an organization operated by a for-profit business (2009-25)
  • Serving as director of a publicly-held company (2009-28)
  • Serving on advisory board of a program devoted to refugee and immigrant services (2009-33)
  • Serving as director of a charitable foundation (2010-29)
  • Serving on a nonprofit law-related organization that engages in fundraising (2012-07)
  • Serving on board of nonprofit organization that provides services to court-involved clients and receives the majority of its funding from Judicial Branch contracts (2013-15)
  • Serving on the board of a law-related professional organization (2013-31)
  • Serving on the board of directors of a law-related professional organization (2013-31)

Service on Board of Non-Law-Related Nonprofit Organization

  • Serving on a nonprofit, non-law-related education-related accreditation board (2012-06)
  • Serving on community advisory board for a division of a nonprofit educational institution (2012-28)
  • Serving as a member of a community advisory board for a hospital consortium seeking state-funding for a health screening program (2012-33)
  • Serving on the board of directors of an out-of-state homeowners’ association (2013-01)

Social Activities

  • Accepting baseball tickets from attorney (2008-04)
  • Serving on a law school reunion committee (2008-06)
  • Holiday party on a cruise ship (2008-16)
  • Accepting ticket to hospital fundraising event (2009-31, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Attending prosecutor’s retirement party (2010-08)
  • Attending lawyer’s retirement party (2012-01)
  • Socializing with attorney whose cases make up a large portion of the judge’s docket (2013-07, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Attending a holiday party hosted by a municipality’s governing body (2013-47)

Social Relationship

  • Social relationship with attorney who previously referred cases to judge (2013-20)

Soliciting Contributions. See also Fundraising.

  • Serving on a law school reunion committee (2008-06)
  • Soliciting contributions by spouse (2008-07)
  • Participating at law-related educational program with corporate & law firm sponsors (2009-23)
  • Serving as honorary co-chair of charitable organization’s goods drive (2009-27)
  • Submitting articles for inclusion in charity’s program book (2010-02)
  • Soliciting sustaining members of a law related organization (2010-31)
  • Serving on a nonprofit law-related organization that engages in fundraising (2012-07)

Soliciting Participation

  • Soliciting people to participate in blood drive in honor of attorney (2010-34)

Speaking, See also Educational Activities

  • Speaking at legal aid breakfast (2009-09)
  • Speaking at cultural flag-raising celebration (2009-18, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Teaching course on legislative process at state university (2009-24)
  • Speaking at charitable organization’s goods drive (2009-27)
  • Speaking at an awards ceremony honoring distinguished high school alumni (2009-35)
  • Speaking as a guest of honor at banquet for student athletes (2009-39)
  • Serving as EMCEE at an awards ceremony (2010-02)
  • Discussing judge’s personal views of the scientific evidence in a criminal case (2010-11)
  • Speaking at a reception for a for-profit, law-related business (2010-17)
  • Speaking to state employees who are engaged in licensing, investigation and quality improvement of daycare facilities (2010-21, Formal Opinion)
  • Speaking at an out-of-state conference regarding the general use and presentation of forensic and scientific evidence in criminal trial (2010-22)
  • Serving as keynote speaker for a nonprofit civic organization fundraising program (2010-38)
  • Accepting gift card as honorarium for speaking at an executive branch sponsored event (2012-11)
  • Cooperating with publisher’s program of book promotion; book signings, interviews and talks (2012-13)
  • Participating as the master of ceremonies and introducing dignitaries at a fundraising event hosted by a non-law related organization (2013-29)
  • Attending, speaking and being acknowledged at a fund-raising event co-hosted by national nonprofit law-related organization that engages in litigation, education and public policy work for a particular class of citizens (2013-35)
  • Speaking to a class of law school students about the legislative and state budget process (2013-39)
  • Serving as keynote speaker at civic/charitable organization award dinner (2013-41)
  • Serving as a panelist speaker at a foreclosure seminar hosted by the CT Mortgage Bankers Association (2013-42)
  • Speaking on a panel at non-profit trade media organization’s annual meeting (2013-43)

Stock Interest

  • Stock ownership in bank that frequently appears before judge (2008-12)
  • Spouse’s stock ownership in corporation (2010-23)

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Teaching, See Educational Activities

Testimony of Judge

  • Judge as victim and witness of property crime (2012-20, Emergency Opinion)
  • Testifying as a fact witness at an administrative hearing regarding a personnel matter involving a close personal friend (2012-31)

Transition to the Bench

  • Accepting payment from former law firm (2008-19 & 2008-19A)
  • Continuing to use for personal matters an email address created by the Judicial Official’s former law office (2013-05)
  • Accepting a referral fee pursuant to an agreement made prior to judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-08)
  • Accepting a gift from the judge’s former state office at a dinner celebrating the judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-09)
  • Accepting gifts at a family-organized dinner celebrating judge’s appointment to bench (2013-10)
  • Answering factual questions posed by attorneys in connection with referred cases (2013-12)
  • Referring pending cases from former law practice to attorneys (2013-19)
  • Accepting a gift from an attorney at a dinner in honor of the judge’s appointment to the bench (2013-22)
  • Signing affidavit and accepting payment for work performed prior to judicial appointment (2013-34)

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Use of Office

  • Writing testimonial/endorsement for legal practice guide (2010-35)
  • Administering oath to elected legislative official (2010-37 Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Serving as keynote speaker for a nonprofit civic organization fundraising program (2010-38)

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Waiver of Dues

  • Accepting legal honor society’s offer to waive annual dues (2011-10)
  • Accepting certifying agency’s offer to waive dues (2011-23)

Website

  • Maintaining a personal webpage (2012-12)

Website Answer Board Expert

  • Serving as an answer board expert on website operated by nonprofit/non-partisan organization (2011-14)

Weddings, See also Event, attendance/appearance

  • Officiating at wedding of former co-worker (2010-18)

Witness

Writing, See also Educational Activities.

  • Writing prologue to horn book (2009-40)
  • Serving as co-author of book on history of sporting event and submitting articles for inclusion in charity’s program book (2010-02)
  • Writing foreword to a book on child safety and the Internet (2010-15)
  • Writing testimonial/endorsement for legal practice guide (2010-35)
  • Providing information to an executive branch agency for publication on its website (2011-25)
  • Judge’s spouse writing letter of support for family member involved in a criminal matter (2011-30, Emergency Staff Opinion)
  • Submitting an op-ed article for publication in a newspaper concerning the importance of voting in the upcoming election (2012-32)

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