5 Nat'l Center for Prof. Resp. Advance Sheets 1 (1981)

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Volume 5, Number 1

January, 1981

Case Summaries


A juvenile inmate of a county jail
received unsolicited legal advice from
Respondent recommending that he file a
civil rights action. The juvenile's suit
was filed. The defendants, after
discovery, moved for dismissal on the
basis that the juvenile had not
authorized the suit for money damages and
no longer wished to pursue the matter.
The juvenile, in private conference with
a district court judge, indicated that
Respondent called to his attention how
the facilities were crowded, suggested
that he file a lawsuit, and provided
papers for his signature which included a
demand for money damages. The judge
dismissed the suit and reported the
matter to the bar association. The
action was referred to the state supreme
court for further directions after the
action before the bar association was
The court cited DR 2-104(A) (3) and
DR 2-103(D) (1) (c) as the applicable code
provisions. The issue was whether it was
unethical for a lawyer employed by the
Legal Services Corporation, whose purpose
is to provide legal assistance to
indigents, to approach a juvenile,

Editors: David G. Morrow and Robert S. Wells; Regional Editors: Daniel Heely, Michael Hoover, Charles W. Kettlewell, Marcia L Proctor,
Ronald W. Stovitz, and James R. Wrenn, Jr.; ABA Press Production Supervisor- Ralph Ulrich.
Published monthly by the National Center for Professional Responsibility and the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline of the
American Bar Association. Address all correspondence to Editor, Advance Sheets, National Center for Professional Responsibility, Amer-
Ican Bar Association, 77 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606, telephone (312) 621-9250.
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The Advance Sheets were formerly published as the DIsciplinary Law and Procedure Advance Sheets, Vol. 1, No. 1, (1977) to Vol. 4,
No. 1 (1980).
Copyright  1981 National Center for Professional Responsibility and American Bar Association. All rights reserved.

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