88 N.J.L.J. 367
June 3, 1965
1. Is it proper for an attorney to
contribute money to a local Chamber of
Commerce program, the purpose of which is to
raise funds for the rental of Christmas lights
for the main street of the municipality?
2. If the answer to the foregoing inquiry is in the affirmative, is it proper for the attorney to permit his name and pledge to be published in the local newspaper?
If all that was before us were these two inquiries, an affirmative answer could be given readily.
We see no impropriety in an attorney, as a member of the community, making a contribution to a civic enterprise such as described in these inquiries provided that his name alone is used without any indication of his profession. Canons of Professional Ethics, Canon 27 would not be applicable in that case.
However, enclosed with the letter of inquiry were copies of letters of solicitation from the "Mayor's Lighting Committee" containing the following statements:
We must keep the good will of our people," "We want the general public to shop in our establishments," "We want their respect and support," "If we want to get - we must give, "This will be our way ... of showing our townspeople and customers our appreciation for their continuous support throughout the year. Without their year-long support our motto 'Shop [here] first' would be completely meaningless.