1986 ADVISORY ETHICS OPINIONS

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86-07 A variety of irreconcilable conflicts arise where an attorney for a state agency represents the agency and individual recipients of Agency services in simultaneous or successive representation.

86-06 There is no ethical reason why a City Grand Juror cannot prosecute criminal cases against defendants represented by a Defense Attorney who also holds the office of City Alderman.

86-05 A lawyer who represents the custodian of children in a custody dispute may continue such representation even though the custodian has left the state to deny visitation to the opposing party in violation of the court order.

86-04 The Professional Responsibility Committee, unsuited to the task of adjudicating, cannot render opinions addressing the ethical propriety of conduct of attorneys not seeking our advice.

86-03 Employees of a legal service organization and the organization may warn potential victims of the threats of a client or an applicant for services.

86-02 A restriction on private, employment following government service applies to those matters in which the lawyer had actual significant involvement as a public employee.

86-01 An attorney may represent a prospective corporate client before a State agency which previously employed the attorney in matters substantially unrelated to the State employment.

I.O. 86-01 A defense attorney’s communication to a State’s attorney suggesting an arresting officer mistook symptoms of the defendant’s medical condition for symptoms of intoxication and requesting dismissal of the case violated no rules of conduct and cannot reasonably be construed to have been intended to "merely harass or maliciously injury another."


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