Informal Opinion Number: 940197

Rules: 7.1
Information About Legal Services
Communication Concerning a Lawyer´s Services
Summary: retired judge status

QUESTION: Attorney is a former judge who is returning to the practice of law. May Attorney indicate Attorney´s status as a retired judge on business cards, letterhead, etc.?

ANSWER: Yes, however this office cannot give an opinion regarding the Code of Judicial Conduct. Attorney should contact the judicial commission for an opinion from that perspective.

Informal Opinions are ethics advisory opinions issued by the Office of Legal Ethics Counsel to members of the Bar about Rule 4 (Rules of Professional Conduct), Rule 5 (Complaints and Proceedings Thereon), and Rule 6 (Fees to Practice Law) pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule 5.30(c). Written summaries of select Informal Opinions are published for informational purposes as determined by the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri pursuant to Rule 5.30(c). Informal opinion summaries are advisory in nature and are not binding. These opinions are published as an educational service and do not constitute legal advice.

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