Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hoping to be married by an appellate justice?

Well, it'll have to be gratis because, per legislation effective January 1, Judges May No Longer Accept a Fee for Performing Marriages.

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The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) issued oral advice that judges must follow a new law prohibiting compensation for solemnizing a marriage.
CJEO Oral Advice Summary 2016-019 discusses a recent amendment to the Family Code that prohibits those authorized to perform marriages, including judicial officers, from accepting a fee or gratuity for performing marriages after the first of the year. (Family Code § 400.)
On the topic of big transitions, see Law360's BigLaw Alums Q&A: Capital Appellate's Larry Ebner, about one lawyer's move from "Big Law to Boutique Law."
"Many of us appellate lawyers enjoy closing the office door and writing our own briefs on a computer screen, so doing that at my own firm is not much different than what I did at BigLaw."