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