209 P.3d 322 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2009), 2009-1, In re Judicial Ethics Opinion 2009-1

Docket Nº:2009-1.
Citation:209 P.3d 322, 2009 OK JUD ETH 1
Judge Panel:Robert L. Bailey, Chairman Robert E. Lavender, Vice Chairman Milton C. Craig, Secretary
Case Date:April 24, 2009
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel

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209 P.3d 322 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2009)

2009 OK JUD ETH 1


No. 2009-1.

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

April 24, 2009

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.


(Judicial Ethics Opinion 98-15 has been superseded pursuant to the decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 536 U.S. 765, 122 S.Ct. 2528, 153 L.Ed.2d 694 (2002) and has been modified and reissued as Judicial Ethics Opinion 2007-1.)

¶ 1 Question(s): May a judge, at night and non working days, be employed in checking land records for persons engaged in oil and gas leasing operations?

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¶ 2 Facts: The judge asks if he may be employed by his brother, who is an independent petroleum land man, in checking records at time indicated in the question, and for which he would receive compensation?

¶ 3 Answer(s): Yes, with restrictions.

¶ 4 Comment: A judge may not practice law, offer legal advice or services except in certain family matters as specifically approved in Canon 4. The question may arise as to whether the services performed by a petroleum land man in checking mineral interest owners from the land records in the office of a County Clerk constitutes legal services. The judge propounding the question advises that he has checked with the Chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law and was advised that the Committee has never been asked to consider if working as a land man, in any capacity, is the practice of law. We note that...

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