Ethics Opinions

The CBA's Professional Responsibility Committee authors ethics opinions interpreting the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct for members. The procedures for requesting an opinion from the Committee are as follows: 1) Any member may call or write the Government Affairs Department to request an opinion. 2) All inquiries should be submitted in writing to the Government Affairs Department via fax at 312-554-2054, email, or mailed to The Chicago Bar Association, c/o Government Affairs Department, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604.

The Committee issues legal ethics opinions as a public service to aid lawyers in interpreting the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. The opinions represent a composite judgment of a majority of those members of the Committee voting on the opinions and do not constitute an official act of The Chicago Bar Association. The opinions are not binding upon the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission or on any court and should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice.  Please be advised that the Professional Responsibility Committee issues advisory opinions only where the inquiry does not pertain to a pending matter or pending litigation.