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February 21, 2002

J. Leon Johnson
Attorney at Law
3802 Sierra Forest
Little Rock, AR 72212

RE: Advisory Opinion # 2002-01

Dear Mr. Johnson:

You have asked this Committee whether, as an announced candidate for Circuit Judge, you would be in violation of the Arkansas Code of Judicial Conduct by accepting an invitation to serve as a panelist on the Annual Telethon of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). You would be required to contact friends and acquaintances to solicit contributions to the UNCF. You would be expected to raise a minimum of $1,000. The telethon is not, you state, a political event; there would be no voter solicitation and you would not be identified as a candidate for judicial office.

In the opinion of the Committee, you are not prohibited under the Code from participating in this event. The fund-raising activities you describe are expressly disallowed under Canon 4C3(b)(iv); however, Canon 4 applies to judges rather than judicial candidates. Judicial candidates are covered under Canon 5, which contains no similar restriction.


Steele Hays
For the Committee

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