State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 96-11
May a judicial officer offer a cash scholarship in that judge’s name, to in-coming college freshman with a declared major/interest in pre-law, if the source of the scholarship is from the judicial officer’s personal income?
CJC Canon 4(A) provides that judges may engage in quasi-judicial activities that do not cast doubt on their capacity to decide impartially any issue that may come before them. Therefore, a judicial officer may establish a cash scholarship in the judge’s name for college freshman expressing an interest in studying the law.
See also Opinions 90-13, 93-31 and 95-24.
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