Unpaid, volunteer work in connection with private dispute resolution business.
October 16, 1992
Committee has considered the questions raised in your further letter of August
24, 1992 enumerating various actions which you propose to take on an unpaid,
volunteer basis in connection with the conduct of a private dispute resolution
business. It is the Committee's opinion, for the reasons set forth in its previous
letters to you, that the proposed activities are prohibited by Canons 4(C) and
5(C)(1). They remain, in the Committee's view, business activities despite the
statement that you will not be compensated for them.
The Code's regulation of personal activities contains similar restraints in Canons 4(B) and 5(A) which we believe would also cover this situation.
Finally, we note that Chief Justice Liacos has called for a task force on the subject of private dispute resolution services which will include in its considerations the appropriateness of associations by judicial officials and employees with private dispute resolution interests. The task force's recommendations, when issued, may provide future additional guidance to you on this matter.