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OBA Ethics Counsel

Ethics Opinion No. 95

Adopted November 22, 1935

Query:

"A lawyer pays for the privilege of placing his card in a legal directory or list published annually, semi-annually, or quarterly. The directory or list is caused to be distributed by the publisher among laymen or corporations likely to require legal services in various parts of the country. Is the lawyer guilty of unprofessional conduct?"

In response:

1. Where he knowingly subscribes to such list or directory the lawyer is guilty of unprofessional conduct. The directory or list described in the question is not a reputable law list because it is engaged in solicitation of business for its lawyer subscribers. The publisher who causes a list to be circulated among laymen who are prospective clients is doing for the lawyer that which he cannot do for himself without violating Rule 29 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Oklahoma.

This opinion to be applicable only as to publications subsequent to June 30, 1936.