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PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR

OPINION 71-28
June 21, 1971

An attorney may use the initials “J.D.” on letterhead and professional cards.

CPR: DR 2-102(F)
Opinions: 70-53, 71-27

Chairman Massey stated the opinion of the committee:

The inquirer asks if under DR 2-102(F) the practice of using the initials of a degree, to-wit, J.D., is now acceptable in Florida on letterheads and professional cards. As heretofore expressed in Florida Opinions 70-53 [since withdrawn] and 71-27 [since withdrawn], the use of the initials of a law degree has been approved.

The Committee's sentiment on this issue, however, militates a statement that it is in bad taste for members of the legal profession to vie with each other on the letters that they can put after their names.

[Revised: 08-24-2011]