Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A senior judge who provides mediation services may permit a photograph and biography to be used in advertisements, according to a recent opinion of the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee:
...the Florida Supreme Court has expressly authorized senior judges to be affiliated with entities such as the aforementioned mediation group. We believe that implicit in such authorization is that senior judges may permit such an entity to disclose the name (and image and biographical information) of such senior judge in its advertising and on its website. However, a senior judge may not permit the mediation services entity, when referencing the senior judge, to 1) use the title "judge;" 2) disclose the judge's senior judge status; or 3) use a photograph of the senior judge in a judicial robe. To do so would lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of the mediation services entity. See Canon 2B.
The opinion further states that the senior judge may not solicit business or participate in promotional activities. (Mike Frisch)