The Center depends solely on conference registration fees, advisory-council membership fees, and donations from its patrons and conference sponsors to continue its work. The Center offers two main ways to financially support its activities. The financial contributions of Center “patrons” are used to offset expenses incurred for all Center activities for a 12-month period, while the financial contributions of “sponsors” are specifically earmarked to offset expenses incurred at a single event.
All our donors receive Center emails and program and event invitations. Donors also are recognized by name in various Center publications and web pages.
Patrons are recognized at all Center events and on all Center publications. Sponsors are recognized at sponsored event and on Center publications relating to the sponsored event. Patrons and sponsors are entitled to priority consideration for recommending speakers and consideration of subject-matter panel topics. Additional specific benefits follow below.
A Gold Patron is entitled to one complimentary Center-event registration.
A law-firm Patron is also entitled to a seat on the Lawyers and Other Legal Experts Advisory Council.
An Elite Patron is entitled to a total of two complimentary Center-event registrations.
A Premier Patron is entitled to a total of five complimentary Center-event registrations.
Founding Patron is entitled to a total of ten complimentary Center-event registrations.
Friends of the Center and Collaborator Sponsors are acknowledged at conference and on conference-related publications.
A Gold Sponsor is entitled to one complimentary registration at the sponsored Center event.
An Elite Sponsor is entitled to two complimentary registrations at the sponsored Center event.
A Premier Sponsor is entitled to five complimentary registrations at the sponsored Center event.
The Center gratefully acknowledges the financial support of its patrons and sponsors. The Center is fully self-sustaining. It would not be able to hold events and conferences and conduct studies and projects without the financial support of its patrons and sponsors. The Center deeply appreciates the generous contributions of our supporters.
COMPLIANCE WITH THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT
PARTICIPATION BY JUDGES
The management of patron and sponsorship fees is consistent with Advisory Opinion No. 67, Judicial Conference of the United States, Committee on Codes of Conduct (June 2009), which addresses questions about whether judges may attend seminars and similar educational programs organized, sponsored, or funded by entities other than the federal judiciary. The Code of Conduct for United States Judges, Canon 4 and its Commentary states that: “judges are encouraged to take part in law-related activities.” A judge’s participation in law-related activities is encouraged because “[a]s a judicial officer and a person specially learned in the law, a judge is in a unique position to contribute to the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, including revising substantive and procedural law and improving criminal and juvenile justice.” Commentary to Canon 4.
Consistent with Advisory Opinion No. 67, the Center has numerous financial patrons and sponsors, “none of which contributes a substantial portion of the cost of a particular conference or other Center-presented program.” As noted in Advisory Opinion No. 67, “when no single entity contributes more than a small proportion of a seminar’s cost, there is little reason for concern about the identity of individual contributors as the resulting benefits are too minor and attenuated to create ethical concerns.” Center-held programs are also funded by patron contributions to the Center, sponsorships of targeted events, and registration fees. The Center exercises final control over the curriculum, faculty, and invitation list.