LEO: Conflict of Interests/Referrals Based on LE Op. 479
Conflict of Interests/Referrals Based on Pro Bono Work.
July 21, 1982
It would not be ethically improper for a private attorney to participate
in an open panel of attorneys set up by a local legal aid office to
receive paying referrals on a rotating basis in consideration of the
attorney also accepting pro bono work referred by the legal aid office.
The legal aid attorney, however, who refers a paying client to such an
attorney must be certain to do so with the client's needs in mind,
realizing that a participating attorney may not always be the one who
meets those needs. [See Canon 5.]
Committee Opinion July 21, 1982