Opinion 79-11

September 20, 1979

Dear Judge:

This is in response to your letter of August 15th, 1979, wherein you inquired as to the propriety of permitting publication of a letter you wrote to the executive director of the Society for Values in Higher Education. The gist of the letter was to describe a seminar in jurisprudence, which you, as a member of the society, put on for the benefit of other judges. The letter was written to demonstrate that the work of the society has some lasting importance beyond academia. It is now proposed to use the letter to demonstrate the value of the society to obtain a grant from a foundation.

Nine of the ten members responding were unanimous in their opinion that the proposed use of the letter does not violate the Canons of Ethics.

Yours truly,

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

cc: All Committee Members
Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court
Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission
Florida Bar Journal
Copies sent to the last three listed do show the inquiring judge