Opinion 80-4

May 20, 1980

Dear Judge:

This is in response to your inquiry wherein you asked if it is proper for you to co-operate with a public, non-profit community college that wishes to include your photograph in their college newspaper, with a caption indicating the name of the college and "This is where it all began."

The Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges was unanimous in the opinion that the college could very well publish a photograph and an article concerning you as one of their graduates without your permission. Your co-operation, therefore, as long as it is in good taste, would not violate Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Canons (sic). We would stress that our approval is predicated upon the article being run in the college newspaper, rather than in a brochure designed to promote student enrollment.

Two members of the Committee, however, objected to the caption, "This is where it all began", on the ground that it exploited the judiciary for advertisement purposes. It was felt that your photograph and a simple article would be more appropriate.

Yours truly,

James T. Carlisle, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges

cc: All Committee Members
Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court
William C. Clark, Chairman, Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission
Linda H. Yates, Managing Editor, Florida Bar Journal
Hon Howard T. Markey, Chairman, Ethics Advisory Panel of the Judicial Conference of the U.S.
All references to the inquiring judge deleted

Participation members: Booth, Carlisle, Haverfield, Hewitt, Letts, Richardson, Stephenson, Turner and Samuel Powers, Attorney