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Opinion 647

Question Presented

Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a Texas lawyer provide pro bono legal services through a law firm organized by the lawyer as a non-profit corporation under a name that describes the type of legal services that will be provided and includes the name of a person who has never been a lawyer in the law firm?

A Texas lawyer wishes to provide pro bono legal services to children with autism.  The lawyer, who is motivated by his own experience with an autistic granddaughter, desires to assist children with autism and their families in navigating the public school system.  All of the lawyer’s services will be provided free of charge through a law firm organized as a non-profit corporation.  The lawyer proposes to name the law firm “Jane’s Law Firm, A Free Legal Resource for Children with Autism.”  “Jane” is the name of the lawyer’s granddaughter but is not the name of a lawyer who has ever been in the firm.

Bluebook Citation

Tex. Comm. On Professional Ethics, Op. 647 (2014)