PUBLIC SERVICE

 

Rule 6.1.  Pro bono publico service.
Rule 6.2.  Accepting appointments.
Rule 6.3.  Membership in legal services organization.
Rule 6.4.  Law reform activities affecting client interests.

 

Rule 6.1.  Pro bono publico service.
      A lawyer should render public interest legal service.  A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organization, by service in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession, and by financial support for organizations that provide legal service to persons of limited means.

Rule 6.2.  Accepting appointments.
      A lawyer shall not seek to avoid appointment by a tribunal to represent a person except for good cause, such as:
      (a) representing the client is likely to result in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law;
      (b) representing the client is likely to result in an unreasonable financial burden on the lawyer, or
      (c) the client or the cause is so repugnant to the lawyer as to be likely to impair the client-lawyer relationship or the lawyer’s ability to represent the client.

Rule 6.3.  Membership in legal services organization.
      A lawyer may serve as a director, officer or member of a legal services organization, apart from the law firm in which the lawyer practices, notwithstanding that the organization serves persons having interests adverse to a client of the lawyer.  The lawyer shall not knowingly participate in a decision or action of the organization:
      (a) if participating in the decision or action would be incompatible with the lawyer’s obligations to a client under Rule 1.7; or
      (b) where the decision or action could have a material adverse affect on the representation of a client of the organization whose interests are adverse to a client of the lawyer.

Rule 6.4.  Law reform activities affecting client interests.
      The lawyer may serve as a director, officer or member of an organization involved in reform of the law or its administration notwithstanding that the reform may affect the interests of a client of the lawyer.  When the lawyer knows that the interests of a client may be materially benefitted by a decision in which the lawyer participates, the lawyer shall disclose that fact but need not identify the client.