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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 33

    Canon: 1, 19
    Opinion #: 33
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 210 (1966)
    Date: February 1951

    Under our statute requiring that a petition disclose whether there are any children under the age of 16, making it obligatory upon the court to make such orders respecting custody and support as is best for the child or children, is an attorney guilty of unethical conduct who knowingly withholds from the court in a divorce case knowledge that the wife is pregnant?

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  • Opinion 32

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 32
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 210 (1966)
    Date: October 1950

    Should the duly-elected criminal district attorney conduct the prosecution of a relative who is charged with the commission of an offense?

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  • Opinion 31

    Canon: 24. A.B.A. Canons 27, 29.
    Opinion #: 31
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 209 (1966)
    Date: October 1950

    Does the carrying of the following on the letterhead of an attorney violate any of the Canons of Ethics?    (Name of Town)                    Lawyers     Since 1840:    (Name)                             , 1840-1878    "Great Grand Paw"    (Name)                             , 1878-1918    "Grand Paw"                       (Name)                             , 1910-1950    "Dad"

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  • Opinion 30

    Canon: 24, 39
    Opinion #: 30
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 209 (1966)
    Date: October 1950

    1.   Is the listing in the classified section of telephone directories (commonly known as the "yellow page" section) of practicing attorneys' names and telephone numbers under the heading "Attorneys" or "Lawyers" considered unethical? 2.   Is such listing or classification limited to the city or town in which such attorney resides, or practices, or may such listings be made in directories for other places in the vicinity in which there are no practicing attorneys?

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  • Opinion 29

    Canon: 24, 39
    Opinion #: 29
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 202 (1966)
    Date: October 1950

    Is the publication of professional cards by attorneys (other than patent, copyright and admiralty attorneys), listing only the attorney's name, address and telephone number, in "professional directory" classified columns of newspapers considered unethical?

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  • Opinion 28

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 28
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 208 (1966)
    Date: September 1950

    Does the listing of the following form of an advertisement in a dog show catalogue violate any of the Canons of Legal Ethics of the State Bar of Texas, namely: "Texarkana's Mississippi Zeb Son of the Last English Setter to win National Championship Stud fee $25.00 Owner: (name of individual) c/o. . . . . . . Attorney at Law (Name of City) Texas"

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  • Opinion 27

    Canon: 11
    Opinion #: 27
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 207 (1966)
    Date: April 1950

    Does the use, by a practicing attorney, of a written "Retainer Agreement" whereby for a stipulated fee, payable in advance, the client employs the attorney for the purpose of consultation and advice, during office hours, on matters which involve, or may involve, legal problems of the client, violate the Canons of Ethics of the State Bar of Texas? Such "Retainer Agreement" specifies certain types of service which are not covered by the agreement, and provides that any of those services will be performed by the attorney only at the request of the client, upon a basis previously agreed upon between said client and attorney. Such "Retainer Agreement" further provides that by the acceptance of the retainer fee the attorney recognizes that the relationship of attorney and client exists during the life of the agreement, and said attorney will not handle any claim or suit against such Client while the agreement is in effect. Such "Retainer Agreement" further provides that its execution shall not prohibit the client from seeking counsel, advice or legal services from any other lawyer.

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  • Opinion 26

    Canon: 20, 36. A.B.A. Canon 39.
    Opinion #: 26
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 207 (1966)
    Date: April 1950

    Is it a violation of the Texas Canons of Ethics for the successful attorney in a jury case to write a letter to each of the members of the jury in which he complimented the jury, advised them that the "Insurance carrier" for the defendant would probably call upon them in an effort to prove by them that certain matters, enumerating them, were considered by the jury which would constitute misconduct, assured them that nothing of the sort occurred, and advised the jurors to refuse to talk to such representative if he did call upon them?

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  • Opinion 25

    Canon: 39
    Opinion #: 25
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 206 (1966)
    Date: April 1950

    Is the listing by certain attorneys of their names, addresses, and telephone numbers, under the subtitle "D 6 A Attorneys" in that portion of the classified ad section of a newspaper which is headed "Business Service Directory" a violation of the Canons of Ethics?

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  • Opinion 24

    Canon: 24, 39
    Opinion #: 24
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 206 (1966)
    Date: April 1950

    Is the listing of the following: "Real Estate mortgage notes bought and sold, business, residential, repair loans (Name)   Attorney (Address)   (Telephone Number)"   Under the heading "Real Estate Loans L-1," in one of the metropolitan newspapers published in this state a violation of the Canons of Ethics?

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