State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 91-11
Is it permissible for a judicial officer to participate in a CLE program put on by a private profit-making corporation?
If so, is it permissible to accept a reasonable amount of compensation?
It is permissible under CJC Canon 4(A) for a judicial officer to participate in a CLE program put on by a private profit-making entity if in so doing no doubt is cast on the judicial officer's capacity to rule impartially. The judicial officer should review all promotional materials for the program prior to dissemination to assure that the judicial officer's position is not being exploited in violation of CJC Canon 2(B).
It is permissible under CJC Canon 6(A) for a judicial officer to accept reasonable compensation for participation if it is the same compensation received by a participant who is not a judicial officer.
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