OPINION 174
April 1958

SOLICITING EMPLOYMENT - Name of attorney followed by the words "Attorney at Law" on bank checks is not soliciting employment in violation of the Canons of Ethics.

Canon 24.

Question

Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney to use bank checks with his name and the wording "Attorney at Law" printed on the checks? Is it a violation to use a check-writer and protector which mechanically imprints on the face of the check the name of the individual with the word "Attorney" appearing immediately below the name?

Opinion

The committee is of the opinion that it is not a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney to use back checks with his name and the wording "Attorney at Law" printed on the checks. The committee is also of the opinion that it is not a violation to use a check-writer and protector which mechanically imprint on the face of the check the name of the individual with the word "Attorney" appearing immediately below the name. An attorney setting out his professional capacity on his checks in the manner indicated cannot be said to be soliciting employment in violation of Canon No.24 of the Canons of Ethics of the State Bar. (9-0)