228 P.3d 546 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2009), 2009-2, In re Judicial Ethics Opinion 2009-2

Docket Nº:2009-2.
Citation:228 P.3d 546, 2009 OK JUD ETH 2
Judge Panel:Robert L. Bailey, Chairman, Robert E. Lavender, Vice-Chairman, Milton C. Craig, Secretary
Case Date:November 16, 2009
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel

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228 P.3d 546 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2009)

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No. 2009-2.

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

November 16, 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.

¶ 1 Question(s): May a judge who is president of a not for profit charitable corporation sign an application for a funding grant if done so in the capacity as president of the organization and does not identify such party as a judge?

¶ 2 Answer(s): No.

¶ 3 Discussion: Canon 4 of the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct contains the following provisions which apply to the question proposed: Canon 4 C. (3) " A judge may serve as an officer, director, trustee, or non-legal advisor of an organization or governmental agency devoted to the improvement of the law, the legal system or the administration of justice, or of an educational, religious, charitable, fraternal or civic organization

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not conducted for profit, subject to the following limitations and other provisions of the code,"

" (b) A judge as an officer, director, or non-legal advisor, or as a member or otherwise:

(1) May assist such an organization in planning...

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