Proposed 2015 Formal Ethics Opinion 9: Holding Out Non-Equity Firm Lawyers as “Partners”

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The North Carolina State Bar ruled in a proposed opinion at it’s October 2015 quarterly meeting that non-equity firm lawyers may be held out to the public as “partners.”  More specifically, the Bar ruled that lawyers who do not own equity in a law firm may be held out by any appropriate designation, including partner, so long as such designation is legitimate, not misleading in violation of Rule 7.1, and the lawyer complies with the professional responsibilities arising from such designation according to Rule 5.1.

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Ana Hopper is a 2016 Campbell Law graduate and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Observer for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is originally from Winston-Salem and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. The summer following her first year of law school, Ana worked as a research assistant for Professor Amy Flanary-Smith. Ana also interned at the Criminal Appellate Section of the Department of Justice her second year, and at the New Hanover District Attorney's Office as an intern the summer before her third year. She served as a Legal Research and Writing Scholar, Vice President of BLSA, and Community Chair of Lambda during her time at Campbell.
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