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Professional Responsibility: Ethics Opinions


The ABA and state professional responsibility boards issue ethics opinions, advisory opinions attorneys request to determine acceptable conduct under the ethics rules. Formal ethics opinions focus on matters of general interest to the bar while informal ethics opinions focus on specific factual situations.

ABA Ethics Opinions

Sources for American Bar Association Ethics Opinions include:

State Ethics Opinions

To find state ethics opinions:

  • Search the state court's webpage
  • Search the state's bar journal
  • Search the state bar association's webpage
  • Try the following basic searches in the InfoHawk Library Catalog:
    Subject beginning with: legal ethics—[state]
    Subject beginning with: legal ethics—[state]—cases
    Subject beginning with: bar associations—[state]—periodicals