NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATIONProfessional
Ethics Committee Opinion
Opinion #159 - 10/09/1970
Topic: Advertising, Chamber of Commerce
Digest: A law firm or individual members or associates may become
members of a Chamber of Commerce
Code: EC 2-9; DR 2-102; Former Canon 27
May a law firm or any of its members or associates become a member of
a Chamber of Commerce.
It is not unethical for an individual lawyer or his firm to belong to
a Chamber of Commerce and to permit his name to be included in its
membership list without identifying him as a lawyer. DR 2-102 forbids
advertising but in view of the general character of chambers of commerce
as a community service organization, membership by lawyers is not deemed
to be advertising. ABA Informal #C-488 (1961).
With regard to identification of the lawyer as such in lists issued
by the Chamber of Commerce, see N.Y. State 81 (1968) and ABA Informal
Participation of the lawyer in Chamber of Commerce activities must
not be used to advertise his services as a lawyer or to solicit business
from fellow members or from the public.