OPINION 132
June 1956

CONFLICTING INTERESTS -- DISTRICT ATTORNEYS -- It is not improper for an attorney to serve as district attorney without severing his membership in a law firm so long as no member of the firm takes a civil or criminal case against the state of county.

Canon  6.

Question

Is it a violation of the Code of Ethics for a member of a law firm to hold the office of district attorney, provided no member of the firm takes a case, criminal or civil, against the state or county?

Opinion

This inquiry presents a close question. However, a majority of the members of' the committee are of the opinion that is would not be a violation of the Canons of Ethics for a member of a law firm to continue as a member of the firm while holding the office of district attorney, attorney, provided no member of the firm takes a civil or criminal against the state or county. Two members so voting suggest, however, that the practice should not be encouraged. (5-4)