434 P.3d 18 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2018), 2018-9, Judicial Ethics Opinion 2018-9
|Citation:||434 P.3d 18, 2018 OK JUD ETH 9|
|Party Name:||JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2018-9|
|Judge Panel:||Honorable Edward C. Cunningham, Chairman, Honorable William C. Hetherington, Honorable Thomas Landrith, Honorable Allen McCall, Honorable April Sellers White|
|Case Date:||November 21, 2018|
|Court:||Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel|
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] FACTS
Associate District Judge-Elect will begin his term January 14, 2019. He is currently and has been for several years, a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of a Sovereign Tribal Nation. The Tribal Housing Authority was created by Oklahoma Statute and is exclusively federally funded. The Board is made up of five members with general oversight responsibilities. Judge-elect time requirements are minimal and he receives a per diem and expense check each month. He has enjoyed his service on the Trial Board and would like to continue after his judicial term begins.
[ ¶2] QUESTION
Will the Associate District Judge-Elect continued participation on the Tribal Housing Board cause ethical concern?
[ ¶3] ANSWER
[ ¶4] DISCUSSION
Canon 3 Rule 3.4 states as follows:
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