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Ethics Opinion No. 173

Adopted December 9, 1953

QUERY

Is it ethical and proper for an attorney to use an automobile license tag ornament as described below?

"The automobile license tag ornanment [sic] to which I refer is one similar to those used by medical doctors, the size being approximately three to four inches in diameter, round and carries an insigna of the "Blind Justice" with the word "LEX" across the top."

ANSWER

Under Canon 27, every indirect form of advertising, designed to secure professional employment, is improper. Such an insignia would advertise that one was a lawyer. See Legal Ethics by Henry S. Drinker, pages 247 and 288, example 87.