Opinion 19-166


May 6, 2020





Dear :


         This response to your inquiry (19-166) asking if you, a full-time judge, may participate in a local museum’s documentary film commemorating passage of an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The museum says the film will not be used for fund-raising.


         Our prior opinions permit a judge to participate in a law-related documentary produced by a not-for-profit entity, where, as here, it will not be used for fund-raising purposes. Of course, all the usual limitations on judicial speech and conduct apply, including the public comment rule (see 22 NYCRR 100.3[B][8]).


         Enclosed for your review are Opinions 18-48, 17-163/18-03/18-21, and 14-35.


                                              Very truly yours,




                                              George D. Marlow, Assoc Justice

                                              Appellate Div., First Dept. (Ret)

                                              Committee Co-Chair


                                              Hon. Margaret T. Walsh

                                              Supreme Court Justice

                                              Committee Co-Chair