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Colorado Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
Comment - Rule 6.2
 A lawyer ordinarily is not obliged to accept a client whose character or cause the lawyer regards as repugnant. The lawyer's freedom to select clients is, however, sometimes qualified. All lawyers have a responsibility to assist in providing pro bono publico service. See Rule 6.1. An individual lawyer fulfills this responsibility by accepting a fair share of unpopular matters or indigent or unpopular clients. A lawyer may also be subject to appointment by a court to serve unpopular clients or persons unable to afford legal services.
 For good cause a lawyer may seek to decline an appointment to represent a person who cannot afford to retain counsel or whose cause is unpopular. Good cause exists if the lawyer could not handle the matter competently, see Rule 1.1, or if undertaking the representation would result in an improper conflict of interest, for example, when the client or the cause is so repugnant to the lawyer as to be likely to impair the client-lawyer relationship or the lawyer's ability to represent the client. A lawyer may also seek to decline an appointment if acceptance would be unreasonably burdensome, for example, when it would impose a financial sacrifice so great as to be unjust. On the other hand, good cause does not include such factors as the repugnance of the subject matter of the proceeding, the identity or position of a person involved in the case, or the belief of the lawyer that the defendant in a criminal proceeding is guilty.
 Rule 6.2 is an outgrowth of the sentiment expressed in EC 2-29. To clarify a portion of the Comment under the heading "Appointed Counsel," the Committee added some of the language now contained in EC 2-29.