All opinions of the Committee on Professional Ethics are available online here.  To locate a specific opinion or opinions, enter the opinion number or keyword in the appropriate search box below. Licensed attorneys may also call 877-953-5535 for access to opinions

The Committee on Professional Ethics issues opinions pursuant to Tex. Gov’t. Code §81.091- 81.095.  §81.091(a) states that “[t]he committee shall, either on its own initiative or when requested to do so by a member of the state bar, express its opinion on the propriety of professional conduct other than on a question pending before a court of this state.”   The nine members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

For proposed opinions open for comment, visit the State Bar of Texas website.

  • Opinion 3

    Canon: 24, 39
    Opinion #: 3
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 196 (1966)
    Date: April 1947

    Whether the following words on the back of the card of Texas lawyer violates one or more of the Texas Canons of Ethics, to-wit: "SAFETY THOUGHTS" "Wills save worry. Contracts save rights. Abstracts show records only. Lawyers show the title. Titles save trouble. A lawyer in each deal Saves rights and weal."

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  • Opinion 2

    Canon: 24, 39, 41, 42
    Opinion #: 2
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 195 (1966)
    Date: December 1946

    Whether the following ad in the Texas Bar Journal violates one or more of the Canons of Ethics, to wit: "TO MEMBERS OF THE BAR RE: LATIN-AMERICAN BUSINESS Do you need a Spanish-speaking lawyer to travel to any Latin-American country for you or your client on a per case or per diem basis? Qualifications: 1. I have practiced law in Austin for 8 years; 2. Have spent 18 years in Latin-American countries; 3. Was Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador in Chile from 1942 to 1945; 4. Speak, write and read Spanish and English equally well; and 5. Am familiar with the legal systems of Latin-American countries, their governments and their people. References: The lawyers of Travis County."

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  • Opinion 1

    Canon: 6, 31
    Opinion #: 1
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 195 (1966)
    Date: December 1946

    A member of the State Bar of Texas, who is also a district clerk, inquires whether he can "represent a few clients in minor legal matters such as probate work, drafting a will, deeds, etc., and in the event a friend wishes me to represent him or her in such matters as divorce proceedings. I would like to take the case and call upon some friendly attorney to assist me in prosecution of such causes. I am sure I would not wish to practice law on the District Courts of this county if I could but in some cases I would like to go ahead and call upon some friendly attorney to assist me. I would not wish to do active trial practice."

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