December 14, 1988


Opinion 88/31

Fashion show - fund raising
Canon 5B(2)

Re: Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
Your inquiry dated October 20, 1998

Dear Judge:

You have asked whether you may ethically participate in a fund raiser benefitting the local Legal Aid Society. Your inquiry indicates that your role would be as a model in a fashion show. The Committee has determined that you are ethically prohibited from being involved. I have enclosed Opinions 86/5 and 88/5.

Notwithstanding that you and other judges would not actively solicit funds, the mere fact that the event has fund raising as its objective forecloses participation by members of the judiciary.

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 So2d 5 (Fla. 1976).

Cordially yours,

Richard H. Frank, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges

cc: All Committee Members

Participating Members: Judges Booth, Dell, Frank, Goldstein, Green, Levy, Tolton and Attorney Page

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
Brooke S. Kennerly, Executive Director, Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Hon. Walter K. Stapleton, Chairman, Ethics Advisory Panel of the Judicial Conference of the United States .
Jeffrey M. Shaman, Esquire, Director, Center for Judicial Conduct Organizations