American Bar Association
Professional Responsibility Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Professional Responsibility Committee

Who we are

Welcome to the Professional Responsibility Committee's homepage. Legal ethics and professional responsibility comprise the values that all attorneys share and that guide all of our practices regardless of whether transactional or litigation; in-house, government, or private practice. As business lawyers we devote our energy to solving problems for our clients and advancing their interests. One of the important briefs of our committee is to understand and communicate the role of legal ethics and professional responsibility in accomplishing these goals. We welcome the contributions and suggestions of all Section members on how we can help make our practices more effective and ethical. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions. Bob Keatinge 303/295-8595 or

Mission Statement

The mission of the Professional Responsibility Committee is to inform Section members about developments in, and to work to improve, the law governing lawyers, including rules of professional responsibility and conduct, as applicable to domestic or transnational business law practice.

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    Keatinge, Robert


    Singleton, Shannon

    Committee Roster  

    Committee Activities

    Upcoming Meetings

    • ABA Annual Meeting
      August 9-11, 2013, San Francisco, CA
      The Fairmont San Francisco & InterContinental Mark Hopkins
    • Business Law Section Fall Meeting
      November 22-23, 2013, Washington, D.C.
      Ritz-Carlton Washington

    Committee Projects

    We welcome new members to all Subcommittess. The following is a list of some of the ongoing Subcommittee projects and initiatives that are seeking volunteers to play an active role.

    • Firm Counsel Connection
      Collaborates with the Sections of Litigation and Law Practice Management to provide a vehicle for law firm in-house counsel to connect with one another on a regional basis to discuss common issues and learn from one another's experieces.
    • Law of Lawyering Initiative
      Addresses issues in the law of lawyering, including the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, that are in need of thoughtful review and consideration of revision or restructuring a sa result of changes in the practice of law.
    • Technology and Ethics Initiative
      In collboration with the Section's Cyberspace Law Committee, the Information Technology Issues in Ethics & Profressional Responsibility Subcommittee is building on the work of the Ethics 20/20 Commission to bring practical and useful guidance to lawyers, law firms and law departments as the use of technology in their practices. Specifically the initiative is exploring the development of a model technology training program for law firms and law departments.
    • Legal Ethics and Gatekeeper Regulation
      This Subcommittee explores the central questions of whether lawyers as gatekeepers should have the obligation despite their ethical duties to disclose information relating to a representation when required under anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorism laws and regulations, and whether lawyers as gatekeepers should be required to refrain from providing legal services to clients in circumstances deemed by enforcement authorities to be suspicios of being in support of money-laundering or terrorism.


    Subcommittees and Task Forces  (click [+] for listing)

     Sub Committees

    Programs, Meetings and Events

    Section Events

      2018 Corporate Laws Committee June Meeting

      Pillar & Post Inn & Spa

      **PLEASE START HERE FOR REGISTRATION AND TO ADD TICKETED EVENTS (DINNERS) TO YOUR REGISTRATION** TO ADD EVENTS TO AN EXISTING REGISTRATION: Click on Register Now, which will prompt you to log-in with your ABA credentials. After logging in, click on View Registration. Find the ...

      The Emperor Has No Clothes: The State of Undress in the Retail Distressed Space


      The event will be held on 07/17/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Business Law Section,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

      Ethics 101: Attorneys' Duties for Safeguarding Confidential Information on the Cloud


      The event will be held on 07/31/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Cybersecurity Legal Task Force,ABACLE,Business Law Section,Forum on Communications Law,Center For Professional Responsibility,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Litigation,Senior Lawyers Division,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Related Resources



    Meeting Summaries

    The Ethical Business Lawyer - Committee Newsletter

    Archived Editions

    Newsletter Submissions
    Committee members are invited to submit their work, including work-in-process to circulate for comment, to the Ethical Business Lawyer.



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