Friday, March 29, 2013
The Massachusetts Committee on Judicial Ethics has issued an opinion concluding that an associate justice of a trial court may accept pro bono representation from an attorney in connection with a matter before the Commission on Judical Conduct:
The Committee characterizes a judge's receipt of free legal services as a gift. Your acceptance of free legal representation from the Attorney does not violate the Code because the Attorney has not ever and likely will never appear before you. Your acceptance under these circumstances is also consistent with your broader obligations to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and not to allow relationships to influence your judicial conduct or judgment.
The opinion notes that the CJC matter has generated publicity. (MIke Frisch)