State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 91-02
May a judicial officer solicit contributions in the neighborhood for a charitable organization?
May a judicial officer solicit funds which are used to purchase supplies and defray costs of a poetry contest for elementary school children?
May a judicial officer serve on a trust advisory committee which works with a lending institution regarding settlement proceeds for minor children?
A judicial officer is prohibited by CJC Canon 5(B)(2) from soliciting funds for charitable or educational organizations. Therefore, a judicial officer may not solicit funds in the neighborhood for a charitable organization nor may the judicial officer solicit funds in support of an elementary school poetry contest.
A judicial officer should not serve on a trust advisory committee which works with a lending institution regarding settlement proceeds for minor children as CJC Canon 5(C)(2) provides that a judge should not lend the prestige of the office to advance the private interests of others.
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