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Updated through August 13, 2014

BAR ASSOCIATIONS
(See also CERTIFIED GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES)

BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
(See also ANCILLARY BUSINESS; CONFLICTS OF INTEREST; DUAL PRACTICE; JUDGES; REFERRALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS)


BAR ASSOCIATIONS
(See also CERTIFIED GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES)

Op. 90-5 judge suggesting programs to bar associations

Op. 91-29 judge endorsing candidate for elective office to bar association

Op. 92-1 lawyer paying percentages of fees earned to bar association; requirements as to co-counsel; requirements as to fee dispute arbitration

Op. 95-6 lawyer paying percentage of fees earned to organization other than a bar association

Op. 2005-7 attorney volunteering in a bar association sponsored program providing public education and pro bono legal services regarding advance directive forms; individual lawyers or law firms, acting on their own and not through a proper auspice such as a bar association, to provide public education and pro bono legal services regarding advance directive forms

Op. 2010-3 as part of settlement of malpractice claim, lawyer requiring a current or former client to withdraw a disciplinary grievance or to refrain from filing a grievance

Op. 2011-3 Abusing the Prestige of Judicial Office: Bar Association Elections

BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
(See also ANCILLARY BUSINESS; CONFLICTS OF INTEREST; DUAL PRACTICE; JUDGES; REFERRALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS)

Op. 87-27 lawyer member of Better Business Bureau

Op. 2003-1 law firm's representation of buyers and sellers of business entities; laws firm's assistance in locating buyers or sellers through the law firm or through ancillary business; law firm's referrals to business broker; law firm's referrals to lenders; law firm's fee based on percentage of transaction price; law firm sharing fee with business broker.

Op. 2004-8 acquiring a mortgage on a client’s home to secure a legal fee