(Adopted by the Board of Governors 10/25/2013)
Informal Ethics Guidance. As a service to members of the bar, informal guidance on active and pending ethics issues may be provided by bar counsel or counsel’s designees. Such guidance is generally based on unverified information under informal circumstances, and assumes that the facts as related are all true and accurate. Informal guidance has no binding legal effect on Courts, the Ethics Committee, the Disciplinary Board or the Board of Governors and cannot be used as evidence in any legal or administrative proceeding. It is intended to provide practical, real-time guidance to practitioners faced with ethics issues. It is not a substitute for an attorney’s own duty to be aware of the requirements of the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, it may be used as a defense or in mitigation of any subsequent ethical action involving the same facts.