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Professional Legal Ethics Sources

Where can you find professional legal ethics rules and interpretations?

I.    ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct:

ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual On Professional Conduct - Manual

  • KF 305 .A16 (current through 2003)
  • Includes Model Rules, Model Code, and Judicial Code.
  • Also available online at http://news.bna.com/moln/

Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct, ABA, 7th edition, 2011

  • Reserve KF 306 .A754
  • Adopted by the ABA in 1983 with subsequent amendments to serve as a national model of standards govering the practice of law and includes comments and history of the Model
  • Rules, comparisons to the Model Code, and case examples.

ABA Compendium of Professional Responsibilty Rules and Standards

  • Reserve KF 306.A733
  • Includes Model Rules, Model Code and selected formal opinions.

Available online at:

  • BNA
  • Lexis
  • Westlaw

II.    ABA Formal and Information Opinions:

ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual On Professional Conduct - Ethics Opinions and Current Reports

  • KF 305 .A16 (current through 2003)
  • Includes ethics opinions on federal and state bar level.
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