Thursday, December 7, 2006

A Little Charity is Not Unethical

The Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct reports a recent ethics opinion from Virginia holding 654423_capital_city_1_1 that small gifts to needy clients motivated by humanitarian purposes do not run afoul of the ethical rules that restrict financial assistance to clients. The opinion acknowledges that it was in the minority of jurisdictions that so hold, finding charity permissible where the lawyer maintains appropriate independent professional judgment in the representation.  [Mike Frisch]

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