« September 2011 | Main | February 2012 »

December 2011 Archives

December 7, 2011

Opinion No. 11-02

UTAH STATE BAR
ETHICS ADVISORY OPINION COMMITTEE
Opinion No. 11-02
Issued November 8, 2011
1. ISSUE: If an indigent litigation client asks his attorney for a financial gift, is the attorney permitted to provide that charitable gift or do the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit doing so?

2. OPINION: Utah Rule 1.8(e) prohibits “financial assistance” in connection with litigation, which includes paying living expenses for a client. However, a lawyer representing an indigent client may pay court costs, expenses of litigation and “minor expenses reasonably connected to the litigation.” The rule does not prohibit occasional small charitable gifts.

Continue reading "Opinion No. 11-02" »

Opinion No. 11-03

UTAH STATE BAR
ETHICS ADVISORY OPINION COMMITTEE
Opinion No. 11-03

Issued November 15, 2011

1. ISSUE: Is it a violation of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct for an attorney to ask a law student to undertake research using the law student’s free account and in breach of the student’s contract with Lexis and/or Westlaw?

2. OPINION: A lawyer who encourages or participates in a law student’s violation of the student’s contractual obligation to the electronic research service violates the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Continue reading "Opinion No. 11-03" »

About December 2011

This page contains all entries posted to Ethics Advisory Opinions in December 2011. They are listed from oldest to newest.

September 2011 is the previous archive.

February 2012 is the next archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

The Utah State Bar presents this web site as a service to our members and to the public. Information presented in this site is NOT legal advice. Please review the Terms of Use for more policy, disclaimer & liability information - ©Utah State Bar email: info@utahbar.org