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Dear Model Code:
I serve on the board of a nonprofit. May my name appear on its letterhead during a fundraising solicitation?
A: The Model Code does not expressly prohibit a judge from speaking with the press. Judges may speak with the press at any time—but not about any matter.
Q: “I’ve had people tell me they enjoy watching Judge Judy because she’s ‘tough’ and ‘tells it like it is.’ Am I allowed to act more like Judge Judy in my courtroom?”
A: Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin) was a New York City criminal court judge for four years and later a family court judge for another 10. But she’s a long way from a courtroom today. She dispenses her justice in a TV studio made up to look like a courtroom. Her role is actually that of arbiter.