American Bar Association
 
Standing Committees: ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Standing Committees:
ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY


Who We Are



Since 1908 the Association's Ethics Committee has focused its efforts on the development of model national ethics standards for lawyers and the judiciary and the drafting of ABA Formal Ethics Opinions interpreting and applying those standards.

In 1984 it undertook an effort to encourage nationwide adoption of a new set of ethics rules, the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which were the result of a seven-year project to update and refine the then prevailing ethical standards.

Between 1987 and 1990 the Standing Committee developed a revised Model Code of Judicial Conduct, adopted by the American Bar Association and now being widely studied throughout the country.

The Committee also provides consultation to other American Bar Association entities, state and local bars, law school communities, the legal news media and the public on matters of emerging interest in the area of legal and judicial ethics.

New! Notice of Public Hearing



NEW: Hearing on Proposed Judicial Code & Model Rules Amendments re: Judicial Disqualification
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Leadership



Committee Roster (12 total members)


Related Resources



Model Rules of Professional Conduct (1983-present)
Model Code of Professional Conduct (1969-1982)
2008 Canons of Professional Ethics Centennial papers
Model Code of Judicial Conduct (2007)
Ethics Opinions
ETHICSearch Research Service

Modified by Benjamin Woodson on January 26, 2012

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