How to Search the WSBA Advisory Opinions Database
The database allows searches by opinion number, RPC or keywords. Generally, the most comprehensive results are obtained by performing a search using keywords. Search results can also be narrowed by searching under a particular rule.
- Entering a word in the keywords search field will retrieve opinions in which the word is used in both the text of the opinion AND subject line.
- Entering only fee will retrieve both fee and fees, as the end of a word is a wildcard.
- Entering multiple words separated by comma will retrieve opinions in which each word appears anywhere in the opinion, regardless of word order. Thus, entering advertising, letterhead will retrieve opinions in which the word advertising OR letterhead are each used somewhere in the opinion or subject.
- Entering a phrase without commas will retrieve the exact phrase. For example, entering conflict of interest will retrieve opinions in which the entire phrase is used. Quotation marks around the phrase are not necessary.
These opinions have been issued by the WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics or its predecessors, and are advisory only. The Rules of Professional Conduct were substantially revised in 2006. The language and citations in any Advisory Opinion issued prior to this date may not be consistent with the current rules.