Duty of the Lawyer to a Client

EC 7-34.

The impartiality of a public servant in our legal system may be impaired by the receipt of gifts or loans. A lawyer, therefore, is never justified in making a gift or a loan to a judge, a hearing officer, or an official or employee of a tribunal if the gift or loan is likely to, or may appear to others to be likely to, influence his judgment or obtain some benefit for the lawyer or his client. Likewise, campaign contributions should be handled discreetly so as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.