CAL 1984-76 to CAL 1987-95

Opinion # Summary
CAL 1984-76 What are the ethical obligations of a criminal defense attorney during the course of a pending criminal matter when the client places upon the attorney's desk or informs the attorney of the location of the instrumentality, fruits, or other physical evidence of the crime?
CAL 1984-77 Is an attorney acting competently if the attorney undertakes representation of a client when the attorney is not able to communicate directly with the client in a language clearly understood by that client?
CAL 1984-78 In the absence of adequate notice to opposing counsel, is it ethical for an attorney to communicate with a trial judge concerning the merits of a contested matter decided by the judge and then on review by a higher court?
CAL 1984-79 What are the ethical considerations for members of the State Bar who are considering permitting their clients to enter into contractual arrangements with firms which offer the service, on a contingent fee basis, of providing expert medical consultation and of locating and providing expert testimony?
CAL 1984-80 May an attorney who is currently representing a client on other legal matters serve as the arbitrator designated by that client in a contractual tripartite (hereinafter "partisan") arbitration?
CAL 1984-81 Does an attorney violate rule 7-104 by filing, or threatening to file, administrative charges against an employer for employment discrimination pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, since the filing of such charges is a prerequisite to the filing of a civil lawsuit?
CAL 1984-82 In an adjudicatory proceeding before an administrative agency, are the hearing officer (administrative law judge), agency head or members of the board or commission constituting the agency "judges" or "judicial officials" within the meaning of rule 7-108(B) of the Rules of Professional Conduct? May an attorney for the interested party or the trial attorney for the agency communicate ex parte with the agency head?
CAL 1984-83 What are the ethical considerations in California when a deputy public defender and a deputy district attorney for the same county are married to one another?
CAL 1984-84 May an attorney represent a client in a proceeding adverse to one person who consulted the attorney in connection with another matter?
CAL 1985-85 May an attorney representing a party at a conference between an injured worker and employer conducted by a rehabilitation consultant for the State Rehabilitation Bureau communicate ex parte with the consultant during the pendency of the proceeding?
CAL 1985-86 What are the ethical requirements and proscriptions relating to contacts with clients when private law firms dissolve or when one or more attorneys withdraw?
CAL 1986-87 In the absence of consent by an attorney's client, should the attorney reveal the client's prior criminal conviction during a sentencing proceeding where such prior conviction is a public record and relevant to the proceeding?
CAL 1986-88 (1) May one law firm be "of counsel" to another law firm?
(2) Is the answer the same if the "of counsel" firm is not located in California?
CAL 1986-89 What are the ethical responsibilities of an attorney whose client informs the attorney that the client has stolen property and requests that the attorney take possession of the stolen property and condition its return upon agreement by the victim not to prosecute the crime?
CAL 1986-90 (1) May a law office comprised of separate sole practitioners who share office space and overhead expenses but who are neither partners nor incorporated hold themselves out as a single entity without identifying themselves as individual practitioners?
(2) May a former partner's name be continued as part of the firm name, with the former partner's consent?
CAL 1987-91 May an insurance company retain its in-house counsel to represent insureds in litigation brought by third parties pursuant to the policy?
CAL 1987-92 What are the ethical considerations of a lawyer engaging in a sexual relationship with a client?
CAL 1987-93 1. Must defense counsel in a criminal case disclose to the client and the court that a police officer who is an anticipated prosecution witness is a former colleague, and obtain the client's consent to further representation?
2. Must defense counsel in a criminal case disclose to the client and the court that counsel is married to the bailiff who will have charge of the jury or the court reporter who is assigned to the courtroom in which the proceedings are occurring, and obtain the client's consent to further representation?
3. Must a deputy district attorney disclose to the court that counsel is married to the bailiff who will have charge of the jury or the court reporter who is assigned to the courtroom in which the proceedings are occurring?
CAL 1987-94 What ethical issues arise in the use of structured settlements to resolve civil disputes?
CAL 1987-95 May trial counsel disclose to jurors after trial evidence which was excluded at trial?