Non-lawyer Provision of General Information Education on Religious Freedom Issues.

t is not the unauthorized practice of law for the non-lawyer staff members of a not-for-profit corporation, qualified to do business in Virginia and maintaining an office in Virginia, to provide general information and education on legal matters pertaining to issues of religious freedom to members of the public through seminars, publications and responses to letters and phone inquiries. The organization does not hold itself out as the law firm, does not give advice on Virginia law, does not charge legal fees, and does not maintain telephone listings or signage identifying the organization as comprised of lawyers. When the organization is involved in matters relative to Virginia law, licensed Virginia counsel staff members are available.

Committee Opinion
February 22, 1989


Updated: Aug 28, 2006