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Opinion 674

Question Presented

Does a 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit law firm violate the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by directly soliciting pro se Texans for the purpose of providing civil legal services at below-market flat-rate fees?

A law firm in Texas operates as a 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit law firm and provides civil legal services using limited-scope representation to pro se litigants for “below-market flat-rate fees.” The law firm targets “clients who earn too much to qualify for free/pro bono legal services, but also earn too little to afford a traditional private attorney.” The law firm proposes to directly solicit pro se litigants. These pro se litigants are not members of the qualified nonprofit organization to which the law firm belongs.

Bluebook Citation

Tex. Comm. On Professional Ethics, Op. 674 (2018)