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Ethics Opinion No. 3

Adopted August 29, 1931

An inquiry has been received from a member of the Oklahoma State Bar in which it is stated that he has had much experience in briefing cases both for the trial courts and upon appeal; that it has occurred to him there are many lawyers throughout the state who, through lack of facilities in their home towns, might desire to have questions of law briefed in the state law library, and to pay the inquirer a recompense therefor.

The direct inquiry is, whether or not it would be proper for him to run an ad in a publication or to mail a circular to lawyers in various sections of the state, offering his services in briefing law questions for a compensation.

It is the opinion of the Board of Governors that the inquiry is answered by Rule 29 of the Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by The State Bar of Oklahoma which provides that solicitation of business by circular or advertisement or by personal communication or interview not warranted by personal relations is unprofessional; and that, therefore, to engage in the proposed practice would subject the inquiring member to disciplinary proceedings.