November 10, 1982
This is in response to your inquiry of whether you may serve on the Board of Directors of the Holocaust Resource and Education Center. From the materials you furnished, the purpose of the organization is to study the historical and moral lessons of the holocaust and apply them to a modern context, that such an outrage will never again be permitted.
Of the nine members of the Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges who responded, eight believed Opinion 81-4 controls this situation. A copy of that opinion is enclosed for your convenience. Specifically, the eight members were of the opinion it is proper for you to serve on the Board of Directors, as long as you do not participate in the solicitation of funds. One member felt you might find yourself the unwilling but unwitting participant in an emotionally charged action group. Nevertheless, that member felt you would not be in violation of the Canons by merely joining the organization.
James T. Carlisle, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
cc: All Committee Members
Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court
Mr. Mark Hulsey, 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