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Legal Ethics Research

This guide focuses on the codes of professional ethics and ethics opinions available from the American Bar Association, and various state bar associations.

Case Law


In determining issues of legal ethics, court opinions carry far more weight than bar association ethics opinions. The context of case law involving legal ethics issues can be diverse, including appeals of disciplinary proceedings, legal malpractice, sanctions under FRCP 11, 26, and 37, and their state counterparts, and criminal appeals where ineffective assistance of counsel is alleged. Fortunately, they are easier to find using standard research tools.

You can use digests to find cases. When using the digest, try the key numbers under the topic Attorney and Client.

Unfortunately you cannot Shepardize or KeyCite citations to the Model Code or Model Rules, or to ethics opinions.

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