Ethics Opinion 1970-1

February 12, 1970

SUBJECT: ANNOUNCEMENT OF ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICE

I
QUESTION PRESENTED

To whom may announcements of the establishment of an office be sent?

May the title of "professor" be indicated?

May the announcement be sent by the school where the attorney teaches?

II
ANALYSIS

If the attorney is going to announce the establishment of an office for the practice of law, the attorney should so indicate on a regular opening announcement. This announcement may be sent to other lawyers and judges and to personal friends. Sending an announcement to an organization such as the Rotary Club, however, is a blanketing type of announcement which is ethically improper.

The word "professor" should not appear on such announcement; however, the attorney may indicate legal degrees earned, such as "J.D.", after his or her name.

In addition, the announcement should be sent by the attorney and not the law school.

This opinion is advisory only. It is not binding upon the State Bar, the Board of Governors, its agents or employees.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Committee reviewed this opinion on 9/6/76 and determined that the conclusion is still valid. The State Bar has issued proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct. If the Supreme Court approves the amendments, this opinion may be superseded in whole or in part.

 

Disclaimer: This opinion was issued by the Legal Ethics Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association. It is advisory only and is not binding upon any member of the SDCBA, any other member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of California or its Board of Governors, or any persons or tribunals charged with regulatory responsibilities. The SDCBA, its officers, directors, agents, and the Legal Ethics Committee members assume no responsibility or liability in rendering this opinion.