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                                            87 N.J.L.J. 190
                                            March 26, 1964


Appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Conflict of Interest
Board of Health Member

    May an attorney-at-law who serves as a commissioner on the board of health of a municipality, without salary, and maintains his law office in such municipality, appear on behalf of private clients before municipal agencies other than the board of health, such as the zoning board of adjustment, municipal court, the governing body, alcoholic beverage control board and planning board?
    The basic issue raised in this question has been raised by members of the bar who serve as members of municipal bodies, with or without pay, or as counsel for the municipality or one of its agencies, in a number of inquiries submitted to this Committee in recent months.
    Our opinion as to the instant inquiry is that it would not be proper for the attorney-board of health member to appear before the other municipal agencies or the municipal court of the municipality in which he holds office. See Opinions 24, 87 N.J.L.J. 19 (1964); 22, 87 N.J.L.J. 13 (1964); 19, 86 N.J.L.J. 734 (1963); 15, 86 N.J.L.J. 734 (1963); 11, 86 N.J.L.J. 621 (1963); 5, 86 N.J.L.J. 361 (1963); and 4, 86 N.J.L.J. 357 (1963).

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