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May a lawyer or complainant request an ethics advisory opinion from the Board?

The Board is precluded by Court rule from giving ethics advisory opinions. The Board’s role in the disciplinary process is to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute ethical misconduct. The Board is not an impartial ethics panel. Lawyers may request ethics opinions from the standing ethics committee of the Iowa State Bar Association. Nonlawyers should consult with an attorney if they wish to obtain an opinion about whether malpractice or ethical violations have taken place.

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