Charitable Events & Organizations

Date Opinion Number Canon(s) Question(s) 
08/15/98 JE98-002 4 May a sitting judge permit his name to be listed as a member of a "Honorary Host Committee" for a charitable event, said judge's name to appear on the invitation to said event and on the event's promotional material?


4C(3) May a judge, serving as an officer of a judicial district pro bono foundation, sign a letter addressed to attorneys soliciting them to contribute to the foundations as a means of fulfilling their voluntary goal of providing pro bono legal services or monetary donations in lieu thereof? 
04/05/99 JE99-002 4B, 4C(3) May a judge appear as a speaker at a CLE luncheon where a fee is charged to benefit a pro bono organization?
06/07/99 JE99-003 2A; 4, 4C May a judge solicit funds from his church congregation and distribute those funds to various charities?
2A; 4C(3) I . May a judge order a convicted defendant as part of a criminal sentence to make a charitable contribution?
2. May a judge approve a plea bargain agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant which includes an agreement by the defendant to make a charitable contribution, so long as the judge does not select the charity or the amount of the contribution?
3. May a judge, as part of civil contempt or sanction, order/require a party or an attorney to make a charitable contribution?



4(C) May judges of this state become involved in fund raising events to raise funds for legal service organizations providing pro bono services in Nevada. Can they be listed on an invitation directed to local attorneys asking them to appear at a reception hosted by the listed judges and thereafter attend the event. NOTE: Reversal of prior decision due to changes in the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct. 
10/25/00 JE00-007 4C May a family court judge serve on the board of directors of a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to assist "at risk youth" by providing programs for independent living skills, mentoring, education and job placement?
04/05/01 JE01-003 4C(4)(b) May judges serve or be listed on an "Honorary Committee" for a charitable organization's fund-raising dinner in memory of a deceased jurist who was the founding president of the charitable organization?
08/23/05 JE05-004 2A, 4, 4A(1), 4C(3) May a judge accept an invitation from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America to be recognized as a "Judicial Fellow"?
08/29/06 JE06-012 3C(2); 4C(4)(b)(i) Can a judge ethically allow the juvenile probation department in his/her district court to hold a basketball tournament to raise money for the county's juvenile alcohol and drug treatment programs? The judge is not actively involved in the event. 
04/12/07 JE07-002 2, 2B, 2D; 4, 4B, 4C, 4G May a judge who is a parent and president of a charitable organization which supports a particular high school serve on a committee to develop and recommend a mandatory, but random, drug testing program for student athletes at the high school?
12/06/07 JE07-012 4A, 4C May a judge become a member of a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public dialogue on foreign relations through educational events? 
08/07/08 JE08-008 4B, 4I May a judge write a review of several books on methamphetamine addiction with the understanding that any payment will be donated directly to a community drug counseling center? 
09/30/08 JE08-012 4A, 5** May a judge purchase space in a souvenir program for a charitable event to congratulate another judge who is being honored at the event by a charitable organization?
10/16/08 JE08-015 4A(1) and C(2) May a recently elected justice of the peace continue to serve on the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence?
03/13/09 JE09-002 4A, 4C(4) May a Nevada district judge accept an appointment to serve on the board of directors of a non-profit organization that provides support services to victims of domestic violence, including a court advocacy program, assisting victims with applications for temporary protection orders and stalking orders before the justice courts?
03/24/09 JE09-003 4A, 4D(5)(b) Must a Nevada justice of the peace decline and urge a family member residing in the judge's household to decline the monetary benefits from a public event for the purposes of raising funds to assist the judge and his family member in meeting the financial obligations for medical treatment for the family member's catastrophic illness?
09/22/09 JE09-005  4A, 4C(4) May a Nevada district judge accept an appointment to serve as an honorary member of the board of directors of a non-profit organization in connection with events to focus public attention on the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking?
07/06/10 JE10-003
3, Rules 3.1(c) and
3.7(A); 4
Rule 4.2(A)(1)
May a state court judge agree to host a luncheon as an item that would be sold in a silent auction at the annual fund-raising dinner of a nonprofit research organization?
10/05/10 JE10-010
3, Rules 3.1
and 3.7; 4
May a judge participate as a(n) unpaid volunteer in a community charitable or civic event where the judge does not engage in fundraising activities and while the judge is a candidate for official office?
11/16/11 JE11-014 1, Rules 1.2 and 1.3; 2, Rule 2.4; 3, Rules 3.1, 3.7 and 3.13 May a judge contact vendors or sponsors to seek donations, monetary or otherwise, to support the Nevada Judicial Leadership Summit program convened by the Supreme Court? 
05/31/12 JE12-006 3, Rules 3.1 and 3.7 1. May a judge or candidate for election to judicial office serve on the board of a non-profit organization?
2. May judge or candidate for election to judicial office volunteer as a security director for a charitable organization's annual golf tournament in conjunction with the judge's work with a non-profit organization?
08/20/12 JE12-009
1, Rule 1.2; 3, 
Rules 3.1, 3.7 and 3.13
1. May a judge, or a member of the judge's staff, solicit and/or accept donations of cash, gift cards, or other merchandise to be used as incentives for participants in a court administered drug court program?
2. May a judge or a member of the judge's staff, request that gift cards or other merchandise that will be used as incentives in a court administered drug court program be discounted or offered for purchase at a bulk reduced rate by a vendor?
09/23/13 JE13-005 3, Rules 3.1 and 3.7(A)(6) May a Nevada judge accept an appointment to serve on the board of directors of a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of healthcare in Nevada?
10/24/13 JE13-006 3, Rules 3.1 and 3.7 May a retired judge still actively serving as a senior judge agree to have his name listed on an invitation to a fund raising event hosted by a nonprofit to raise money for an at-risk youth center named in honor of the judge?
07/18/14 JE14-004 3 Rules 3.1 and 3.7 May a judge volunteer to work in a concession stand at various public events where a percentage of the proceeds from sales are used to raise funds for a nonprofit organization for a child's sports team?                                                                                                
06/30/23 JE23-001
1, Rules 1.2 and 1.3
2, Rules 2.2 and 2.11
3, Rules 3.1, 3.7, and 3.13
4, Rules 4.1 and 4.2 
May a sitting judicial officer participate in court programs to: (1) “accept” donations from court employees to donate to non-profit organizations in the community; (2) provide service as a group by volunteering with various service organizations; and (3) participate as a group in various team-building events?