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OPINION 73-11
July 24, 1973
A lawyer may use his office letterhead in writing to other lawyers in his community to solicit contributions for a reputable charity.

Canon: 27, old Canons of Professional Ethics
Opinion: 61-38 (as supplemented)

Chairman Zehmer stated the opinion of the committee:

This inquiry poses the following general question:

May a lawyer, as a volunteer participating in a fund-raising campaign for a reputable and established charitable organization, use his law office letterhead in writing to other lawyers in his community to solicit contributions from them when the letter is not intended to and does not publicize the lawyer or his professional skill and experience?

Under former Canon 27, this Committee held that such practice was not unethical. See Opinion 61-38 (as supplemented) [since withdrawn]. There is no provision in the new Code of Professional Responsibility which changes this view. Thus, the question is answered in the affirmative.




[Revised: 08-24-2011]