179 P.3d 625 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2008), 2008-1, Judicial Ethics Opinion 2008-1

Docket Nº:JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2008-1.
Citation:179 P.3d 625, 2008 OK JUD ETH 1
Case Date:March 12, 2008
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel
 
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179 P.3d 625 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2008)

2008 OK JUD ETH 1

JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2008-1.

No. 2008-1.

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

March 12, 2008

Editorial Note:

The Opinions of the Ethics Advisory Panel are advisory only and can be relied by the Council on Judicial Complaints while recommending discipline of a Judge or a Judicial Candidate and not binding on the Council or Courts in the exercise of their judicial discipline responsibilities.

Decided March 13, 2008.

(Judicial Ethics Opinion 98-15 has been superseded pursuant to the decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 536 U.S. 765, 122 S.Ct. 2528, 153 L.Ed.2d 694 (2002)

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and has been modified and reissued as Judicial Ethics Opinion 2007-1.)

¶ 1 Question(s): May a judge participate in the annual OBA sponsored Ask-A-Lawyer program?

¶ 2 Answer(s): Yes.

¶ 3 Comment: Canon 4B. "Avocational Activities. A judge may speak, write, lecture, teach and participate in other extra-judicial activities concerning the law, the legal system, the administration of justice and non-legal subjects, subject to the requirements of this code."

Canon 4 may be broadly interpreted to encourage a judge to participate in activities whose purposes are devoted to the improvement of the law, the legal system or the administration of justice so long as such participation does not violate any other...

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