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NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS
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The circularization of the proposed notice or communication to lawyers and accountants, not known to the inquirer, is disapproved for it is clearly a solicitation of professional employment.
Canon 27 of the Canon of Professional Ethics provides, inter alia, that
“It is unprofessional to solicit professional employment by circulars, advertisements, touters or by personal communications or interviews not warranted by personal relations.”
In this respect, Canon 27 recognizes no distinction between solicitaion of laymen or lawyers.
The proposed notice is not protected by Canon 46. The exception allowed by that Canon applies to lawyers engaged in rendering a specialized legal service directly and only to lawyers. Conformity with the letter and spirit of that Canon necessitates a simple professional card containing only the name of the lawyer, his professional address and telephone number, and the special branch of the profession practised by him.
In the opinion of the Committee, the proposed announcement is self-laudatory and savors of puffing, and transcends the permissible limits of Canon 46.
Nor may a notice within the proper limits of Canon 46 be sent to accountants or other laymen not known to the inquirer if it includes a statement of intention to specialize in a particular branch of the law, unless such specialty be admiralty, patents, copyrights or trademarks (Opinion No, 788 of the Association of the Bar; Opinion No. 434 of the New York County Lawyers Association).
Dated: July 13, 1960.