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All opinions of the Committee on Professional Ethics are available online here.  To locate a specific opinion or opinions, enter the opinion number or keyword in the appropriate search box below. Licensed attorneys may also call 877-953-5535 for access to opinions

The Committee on Professional Ethics issues opinions pursuant to Tex. Gov’t. Code §81.091- 81.095.  §81.091(a) states that “[t]he committee shall, either on its own initiative or when requested to do so by a member of the state bar, express its opinion on the propriety of professional conduct other than on a question pending before a court of this state.”   The nine members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

  • Opinion 53

    Canon: 24, 25. A.B.A. Canon 42.
    Opinion #: 53
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 219 (1966)
    Date: September 1952

    Is it a violation of law or any Canon of Ethics for a Texas lawyer to include in a power of attorney executed in his favor the following provision: "It is further understood and agreed that our said attorney assumes full responsibility and liability for all costs and expenses incident to any investigation and litigation that may be necessary?"  

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  • Opinion 52

    Canon: 24, 39, 41, 42.
    Opinion #: 52
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 218 (1966)
    Date: May 1952

    1.   Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney to carry on his letterhead "tax service"? 2.   Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney who specializes in tax matters to insert a card, giving his name, address, telephone number and adding "tax service" thereon in the professional directory of a newspaper? 3.   Is it in violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney who specializes in tax matters to insert a card, giving his name address, telephone number and adding "tax service" thereto in any portion of a newspaper other than the professional directory?  

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  • Opinion 51

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 51
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 218 (1966)
    Date: May 1952

    Is it ethical for a lawyer to place his name, phone number and address in the classified directory of a newspaper?  

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  • Opinion 50

    Canon: 30, 43
    Opinion #: 50
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 218 (1966)
    Date: March 1952

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for a firm to carry on its letterhead as an associate, a person who is a licensed attorney of another jurisdiction and before the U.S. Patent Office, but who has no license to practice law in Texas?  

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  • Opinion 49

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 49
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 217 (1966)
    Date: March 1952

    1.   Is it ethical for a city attorney to represent persons charged with crime in any court other than the corporation court? 2.   Is it ethical for a city attorney to represent persons charged with crime in courts other than the corporation court where policeman of the city will testify as state's witnesses?

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  • Opinion 48

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 48
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 217 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Should a county attorney, in a county with a population of 20,000 to 100,000 who is paid a salary of $4,000.00 or more a year and is furnished with a full-time assistant and stenographer, under the Canons of Ethics, engage in the private practice of the law, and in his private capacity in civil matters, accept employment from clients who come to his office to discuss their "rights."

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  • Opinion 47

    Canon: 6, 19, 34. A.B.A. Judicial Canons 11, 20, 34.
    Opinion #: 47
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 215 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    An independent executor of a will, in the capacity of plaintiff, brings a declaratory judgment proceeding seeking the interpretation of a will and asking for instructions as to dealing with the several heirs and legatees who have been named as defendants and the handling of the corpus of the estate. A substantial asset of the estate is a $350,000.00 note and instructions are sought as to whether or not this note should be sold at a discount. Some of the heirs and legatees have answered in the suit charging the executor and trustee with incompetence, negligence and mismanagement of the estate. Based upon the foregoing statement, the following questions are asked:

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  • Opinion 46

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 46
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 215 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for a lawyer to sign his name as surety for individuals indicted for felonies, either as lawyers representing their clients or just as friends?  

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  • Opinion 45

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 45
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 215 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Is it unethical for a county judge to represent clients and friends in justice and county courts in counties outside his own county?  

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  • Opinion 44

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 44
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 214 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Are two neon signs, placed on two sides of a corner downtown building occupied by a firm of lawyers and containing the names of the lawyers in letters approximately 2 ft. in height with the entire sign extending from 10 to 12 ft. along the side of the building, in violation of any Canon of Ethics?

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