April 9, 1985
Opinion No. 85/5
Your inquiry to the Committee concerns your being asked to serve on the PROGRESS 90 Board of Trustees, and you attach information concerning the activities of this nonprofit community group, representing a cross section of the community and having as its "sole mission" to help citizens in setting and achieving community-wide goals.
This inquiry is controlled by Canon 5B, which permits a judge to participate in civic activities so long as they do not adversely reflect on his impartiality or interfere with the performance of his judicial duties. A judge may serve as a trustee of such an organization so long as it is not conducted for economic or political advantage of its members and provided that it not be an organization which would engage in proceedings that would ordinarily come before him or be in adversary proceedings in any court. There is, of course, the additional proviso that there be no fund-raising involvement by the judge.
The Committee members responding are unanimously of the view that you may serve on the Board of Trustees of this civic organization.
Anne C. Booth, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
cc: All Committee Members
Participating members: Judges Booth, Blanchard, Goldstein, Dell, Turner,
All reference to the inquiring judge is deleted from the copies sent to the following individuals.
Mr. Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida
Linda Yates, Managing Editor, The Florida Bar Journal
Kathleen T. Phillips, Esq., Chairman, Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Hon. Howard T. Markey, Chairman, Ethics Advisory Panel of the Judicial Conference of the United States .
Jeffrey M. Shaman, Esquire, Director, Center for Judicial Conduct Organizations
Ms. Jean Underhill, Librarian, Broward County Law Library
Mr. Robert Wallace, Librarian, Dade County Law Library
Mr. Brian Polley, Librarian, Supreme Court of Florida