Ethics Panel Clarifies Timeframe for Judicial Campaign Activity

In an opinion published today in TBA Today, the Tennessee Judicial Ethics Committee clarifies that judges may begin campaign activity before the 180-day period allowed for fundraising, but must comply with financial disclosure laws, must self-fund and may take no steps to solicit or accept funds before the 180-day period. The issue arose following questions raised at TBA’s Campaign Ethics Seminar in late July.