March 3, 2023 — Letter

As organizations that advocate for workers and consumers, California Employment Lawyers Association, Economic Security Project Action, National Consumer Law Center, National Employment Law Project, Open Markets Institute, People’s Parity Project, Public Good Law Center, Public Justice, Student Borrower Protection Center, and Towards Justice write to urge the State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) to finally adopt Draft Formal Opinion No. 19-0003, which describes a lawyer’s ethical duties when advising a client regarding a provision that is unlawful in a contract presented to a third party, including a worker or consumer.

This is an urgent matter calling for prompt action from legal ethics authorities.