Ethics Opinion 318NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION Committee on Professional Ethics
Opinion #318 – 12/18/1973 (48-73)
advertisements, counsel, letterheads, solicitation
Topic: Letterhead; use of the title “Honorary Consul” on attorney’s letterhead
Digest: Improper to use the title “Honorary Consul” on an attorney’s letterhead
Code: DR 2-102(A)(4); EC 2-9; Canon 2
May an attorney who is an honorary consul for a foreign country properly indicate such fact on his letterhead?
It is improper for an attorney to use the title “Honorary Consul” on the attorney’s letterhead. DR 2-102(A)(4); N.Y. State 200 (1971).The use of the title “Honorary Consul” on an attorney letterhead is regarded as calculated to attract clients in violation of the traditional prohibition against advertising and solicitation. See also, N.Y. State 164 (1970); N.Y. State 284 (1973); ABA 214 (1941); N.Y. County 605 (1972).