Ethics Opinon 1973-10

June 6, 1973

SUBJECT: ADVERTISING. LISTING IN NAVAL AIR STATION DIRECTORY

I
QUESTION PRESENTED

May an attorney ethically list his or her name under the heading "attorneys" in the yellow pages of a Naval Air Station directory?

II
SUMMARY

Such a listing would be improper because the directory is aimed at the general public, i.e., service personnel.

III
STATUTES AND CANONS

Canon 27 of the American Bar Association and Rule 2, Section B of the Rules of Professional Conduct provide that listings in directories may be proper depending on the purpose for the listing, its content, the form of the publication and the circulation of the directory.

IV
ANALYSIS

An individual listing in this directory which is aimed at the general public and not professional people, is improper. One practical solution might be to have a listing for Lawyer's Referral Service and/or Legal Aid.

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 October 1, 1976 and determined that the conclusion is still valid. Effective 1/1/75, California Rule 2 is Rules 2-101 through 2-104. The State Bar of California has issued proposed amendments to these Rules; if the amendments are approved by the Supreme Court, the conclusion of this opinion may be superseded. Canon 27 refers to the old Canons of Professional Ethics followed prior to 1970; this subject is now covered by Canon 2 of the A.B.A. Code of Professional Responsibility.

 

 

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.