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Connecticut Committee on Judicial Ethics
Informal Opinion Summaries

2013-29 (June 27, 2013)
Event, attendance/appearance; Civic Activities; Fundraiser; Speaking
Rules 3.1 & 3.7
 
Issue:
May a Judicial Official serve as the master of ceremonies for a nonprofit organization’s charitable event to benefit children’s programs if the Judicial Official limits his or her role to introducing dignitaries who attend the event and the Judicial Official’s name is not used in connection with publicity for the event and does not appear in the event program book?
 
Response:

Rule 3.7 states in relevant part as follows:

(a) Subject to the requirements of Rule 3.1, a judge may participate in activities sponsored by organizations or governmental entities concerned with the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice, and those sponsored by or on behalf of educational, religious, charitable, fraternal, or civic organizations not conducted for profit, including but not limited to the following situations:

(4) appearing or speaking at, receiving an award or other recognition at, being featured on the program of, and permitting his or her title to be used in connection with an event of such an organization or entity, but if the event serves a fund-raising purpose, the judge may participate only if the event concerns the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice.

Based upon the facts presented, including that neither the organization nor the event concerns the law, the legal system or the administration of justice, the Committee members in attendance unanimously determined that participation as the master of ceremonies and introducing dignitaries that attend the fund-raising event would violate Rule 3.7(a)(4).

Committee on Judicial Ethics

 


 

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