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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.

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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.

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September 6, 2011

ETHICS ADVISORY OPINION COMMITTEE Opinion Number 11-01

UTAH STATE BAR
ETHICS ADVISORY OPINION COMMITTEE
Opinion Number 11-01
Issued August 24, 2011

1. ISSUE: Two interrelated issues are before the Committee: First, may an attorney representing a plaintiff in a personal injury action indemnify and hold harmless a party being released from any medical expenses and/or liens which might remain unpaid after the settlement funds are fully disbursed? Second, in a personal injury action, may an attorney request another attorney to indemnify and hold harmless a party being released from any medical expenses and/or liens which might remain unpaid after the settlement funds are fully disbursed?

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