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End-of-life notice: American Legal Ethics Library

As of March 1, 2013, the Legal Information Institute is no longer maintaining the information in the American Legal Ethics Library. It is no longer possible for us to maintain it at a level of completeness and accuracy given its staffing needs. It is very possible that we will revive it at a future time. At this point, it is in need of a complete technological renovation and reworking of the "correspondent firm" model which successfully sustained it for many years.

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Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct


Comment - Rule 7.5

Paragraph (d) of Rule 7.5 was amended simply to make it read better.

The ABA commentary notes that attorneys who share office facilities should not call themselves “Smith and Jones” or any other name suggesting partnership. Similarly, the committee thought that a sole practitioner should not use “and associates” or other language implying a group practice. The committee added subsection (e).

The term “of counsel” contemplates either that the lawyer practices in the offices of the lawyer or law firm to which the lawyer is “of counsel,” or that the lawyer is in regular and frequent contact with the lawyer or law firm. The term shall not be applied to one who is merely a forwarder or receiver of legal business. The fact that a lawyer emphasizes a particular field and is willing to accept business from several firms does not make him “of counsel” to all those firms. A lawyer should not be “of counsel” to more than two or three law firms, because the term implies a close continuing relationship that could be relied upon by prospective clients.