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PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR

OPINION 70-1
February 16, 1970

Law, Inc. of Hillsborough County may permit law students employed as clerks to interview prospective clients for the purpose of determining their eligibility to participate in the program and to ascertain the general nature of a prospective client's problem.

Canons: 35 and 47
Opinion: 66-56

Chairman MacDonald stated the opinion of the committee:

Law, Inc. of Hillsborough County, which was the subject of our Opinion 66-56 [since withdrawn], through its chief counsel, a member of The Florida Bar, inquires whether or not it may employ law students as part-time clerks during the school year and as full-time clerks when not in attendance at school, or law graduates in the period between graduation and admission to The Florida Bar. These employees would interview prospective clients of Law, Inc. for the purpose of determining the interviewee's eligibility to participate in the program and to ascertain the general nature of his problem. In the event that the problem were legal he would be referred to a member of the Bar employed by Law, Inc. In some instances the interviewer would endeavor to solve nonlegal problems and in others he would refer the person to an appropriate source of assistance. It would be understood that the law clerk or intern would at all times be under the supervision of a member of The Florida Bar who ultimately will be professionally responsible for his actions.

We see no ethical objection to members of The Florida Bar permitting such action on behalf of the employees of Law, Inc. of Hillsborough County. Compare Rule 1.860, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.

[Revised: 08-24-2011]