434 P.3d 18 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2018), 2018-10, Judicial Ethics Opinion 2018-10

Docket Nº:2018-10
Citation:434 P.3d 18, 2018 OK JUD ETH 10
Party Name:JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2018-10
Judge Panel:Honorable Edward C. Cunningham, Chairman, Honorable William C. Hetherington, Honorable Thomas Landrith, Honorable Allen McCall, Honorable April Sellers White
Case Date:December 18, 2018
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel
 
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434 P.3d 18 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2018)

2018 OK JUD ETH 10

JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2018-10

No. 2018-10

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel

December 18, 2018

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.

OPINION

[ ¶1] FACTS

A Judge inquires whether she is permitted to host a "meet & greet" in her home to acquaint people with the new dean of OCU law school. She has made clear that no fundraising will be involved.

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[ ¶2] QUESTION

May a Judge host and participate in a "meet & greet" event, with no fundraising component, under the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct?

[ ¶3] ANSWER

Yes, a Judge may host and participate in an event such as a "meet & greet" where no fundraising occurs under the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct.

[ ¶4] DISCUSSION

While the Code of Judicial Conduct does place limitations on a Judges participation in fundraising activities, the "meet & greet" activities described in this request are clearly encouraged and allowed under Rules 3.1 and 3.7. Judicial Ethics Opinion 2011-4 contains a thorough discussion of some of the issues pertinent to the current question. More specific to the question submitted here, comment (1) to Rule 3.1 states: "To the extent that time permits, and judicial independence and impartiality are not compromised, judges are encouraged to engage in appropriate extrajudicial activities that concern the law, the legal...

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