LEO: Conflict of Interest - Attorney's LE Op. 881
Conflict of Interest - Attorney's Wife
Employed as Law Clerk for Judge.
May 1, 1987
The wife of an attorney who is a member of a firm in private practice is
employed as a law clerk by the chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy
Court in that area. Given the above, it is improper for the attorney to
appear before the bankruptcy judge in any matter in which the wife/law
clerk has in any way been involved or may have any responsibility. It is
improper for the attorney to appear in proceedings where the judge does
not preside, such as a first creditors meeting, if the case will
subsequently be assigned to that judge and the wife/law clerk will have
any responsibility for that case. It is improper for the attorney to have
any responsibility or in any way work with any file if the wife/law clerk
also has responsibility for that same file. [ DR:5-101, DR:7-109, DR:9-
101(C); EC:9-2, EC:9-4; LE Op. 190, LE Op. 623, LE Op. 624, LE Op.
676, LE Op. 750 and LE Op. 845]
Committee Opinion May 1, 1987
See also LE Op. 1334.