NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATIONProfessional
Ethics Committee Opinion
Opinion #23 - 02/09/1966
Topic: Conflict of Interest. Part-Time Public Employee
Digest: Improper for same individual to serve as both Village
Attorney and Public Defender
Is it possible for the same person to be Village Attorney and Public
Defender in a Village which maintains a Police Justice court and where
the Public Defender will be functioning in the course of his duties?
It would not be proper for the same individual to serve both as
Village Attorney and as Public Defender if his employment includes the
duty of prosecuting.