LEO: Attorney Appointed to Represent Inmates LE Op. 432

 

Attorney Appointed to Represent Inmates in Accordance

With Section 53-21.2 of the Code of Virginia.

 

October 16, 1981

 

Attorney was appointed to serve as counsel for indigent inmates in

accordance with the provisions of 53-21.2 of the Code of Virginia. It is

ethically permissible for the attorney to represent inmates on a retained

basis, even though his initial acquaintance with them arose from the court-

appointed status. Nor would it be improper for the attorney to represent

the inmates in civil rights, parole or habeas corpus matters. [Disclosure

to Court is necessary under DR:7-102(A)(3).]

 

Committee Opinion October 16, 1981