March 24, 1994
(Serve as president of private,
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
RE: Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
Your inquiry dated February 23, 1994
You have requested an opinion from our Committee concerning service as the President of the Community Foundations for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. This is a private, Non-profit organization providing grants, scholarships, addressing the needs of children, education, art, health, social services and conservation of historical and cultural resources. All of our Committee members agree that you may ethically serve as the President of this foundation as long as you avoid personally soliciting funds or allowing the prestige of your office to be used for that purpose.
The committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory to the inquiring party, to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and to the judiciary at large. Conduct that is consistent with an advisory opinion issued by the committee may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the interpretive opinions issued by the committee. Petition of the Committee on Standards of Conduct for Judges, 327 So.2d 5 (Fla.1976).
Very truly yours,
Nath C. Doughtie, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
cc: All Committee Members
Office of the Courts Administrator (name of judge deleted from this copy)
Participating members: Judges Doughtie, Farina , Goldstein, Green, Kahn, Patterson , Rushing, Taylor, Tolton and Edwards, Esq.