Request an Opinion from the Professional Ethics Committee

The PEC, which is a committee appointed by the Supreme Court, issues ethics opinions responding to ethics-related questions.

Before you request an opinion:

Check to see if an ethics opinion has already been published regarding your subject by calling the State Bar of Texas Ethics Helpline at (800) 532-3947, or researching the Texas Center for Legal Ethics Opinion Index.

To request an opinion from the PEC:

1. Prepare a written request that includes:

A. Only members of the State Bar of Texas may request a PEC opinion. Anonymous requests are not accepted;

B. A scenario of background facts in the hypothetical situation;

C. The question(s) presented;

D. A discussion of applicable authority. This may not need to be exhaustive, but should focus on specific disciplinary rules that may be involved and any case law, prior opinions or opinions from other jurisdictions that may apply; and

E. A statement that the question(s) presented is/are not pending before a court of this state.

2. Send your request to the following address, and we will forward it to the PEC:

Ellen Pitluk, Attorney Liaison
State Bar of Texas
Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Post Office Box 12487
Austin, Texas 78711

The PEC will not issue an opinion on a particular lawyer advertisement, but will consider general forms of lawyer advertising. Also, the PEC will not issue an opinion that concerns interpretation of legislation or interpretation of the unauthorized practice of law.

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