2. Is it ethical for
an attorney to date his professional letterhead in the following
"October 6, 1965, In the Year of Our Independence, the 190th".
Canon 27 of the Canons of Professional Ethics of the New York State
Bar Association provides in part, that a lawyer may publish in reputable
law lists only, certain data including "branches of the profession
practiced". There is an implication that to publish such data
elsewhere is improper.
Canon 27 of the Canons of Professional Ethics of the American Bat
Association provides in part. as follows:
"It is not improper for a lawyer who is admitted to practice as a
proctor in admiralty to use that designation on his letterhead or
shingle, or for a lawyer who has complied with the statutory
requirements of admission to practice before the Patent Office to use
the designation 'Patent Attorney' or 'Trademark Attorney” or
'Trademark Lawyer' or any combination of these terms."
While Canon 27, as adopted in New York State, omits the above quoted
paragraph, it is nevertheless our opinion that it is not improper for a
lawyer who practices in one of the recognized specialties of admiralty,
patents, or trademarks, to so indicate on his letterhead.
Question #1 is, therefore, answered in the affirmative as to the
designation "Registered U.S. Patent Attorney". However, the use of
the words "Patent, Trademark and Copyright Causes Domestic &
Foreign”, is not a proper designation of recognized specialties
and is, therefore, in violation of Canon 27 of the New York State Bar
With respect to Question #2, we find no ethical impropriety in dating
letters as suggested, but we feel that it is not in good taste.