State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 90-17
May a part-time judicial officer, whose duties will in part involve family law matters, engage in the practice of law in a firm in which some of the members practice family law?
CJC Canon 2(A) requires judges, whether full or part-time, to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity or impartiality of the judiciary. The Code of Judicial Conduct does not regulate the activities of a law firm. Those matters are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, part-time judicial officers must recuse themselves in any case where the part-time judicial officer's firm is retained by any of the parties.
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