Ethics question? Fill out the form below.
If you are an attorney licensed in Utah, answers to your ethics questions are just a click away. Its fast and its free. Fill out the form below to start the process of having one of the attorneys at the Utah State Bar Office of Professional Conduct give you real life ethical advice on even the smallest of issues you may face. Our goal is to help you serve your clients and the legal system in the most ethical and professional manner by answering questions before there is a problem.
Please fill out all the fields and give us a summary of the facts giving rise to your question. This will allow our attorneys an opportunity to identify the issues you are facing and to review the pertinent Rules of Professional Conduct. Our office is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Your submission will go directly to one of our attorneys and our goal is to return your call as soon as possible, usually within one business day. If you prefer not to use the online form, you can call our Ethics Hotline at 801-531-9110. You will be asked to leave a message with your contact information and a summary of the facts. Again, we will try and return your call within one business day. If the problem is an emergency and requires an immediate response, you may call the Ethics Hotline number and the phone system will allow you to speak to an OPC attorney immediately.
While our office is happy to answer questions and provide guidance regarding your conduct as an attorney, we cannot comment on the conduct of another attorney. If issues arise in the course of a pending case, those matters are better addressed by the court. If you have concerns about your duty to report another attorney for misconduct, you should read Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and if necessary file a written informal complaint.
We are not able to entertain anonymous requests. By submitting the online form or calling the Ethics Hotline no attorney-client relationship is created between you and the OPC. Our office keeps a written report of the requests as well as the advice given. While the OPC considers all conversations related to Ethics Hotline requests to be strictly confidential, no court of this state has addressed this issue.
Due to the limited amount of information available, and the need for quick, less than exhaustive research of applicable case law and opinions, advice given by the OPC on the Ethics Hotline is not intended to be legally binding on this office. You should be aware that the guidance offered by our office is informal in nature and does not constitute an official opinion of the Bar. It is your responsibility to read the rules and exercise your own judgment as to the proper course of conduct.
Formal ethics opinions can be requested from the Utah State Bar’s Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee.