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Liaison Notebook: Center for Professional Responsibility Helps You Avoid Ethical Hot Water


Vol. 40 No. 4

By Aliisa Leon

Aliisa Leon, a 2L Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law, is the 2011-12 Student Division liaison to the Center for Professional Responsibility.
Most students will take a professional responsibility class at some point in law school and all will face ethical challenges in the practice of law after graduation. The Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR) is the ABA body charged with developing, interpreting, and promoting the implementation of policies and standards that help lawyers avoid ethical hot water. All but four states require new graduates to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and the CPR offers tools and publications that can help prepare students for the MPRE and their careers.

Any law student can use the center’s complimentary ETHICSearch service. ETHICSearch is a tool designed to help lawyers and law students resolve ethical dilemmas and questions. Students may fax, call, e-mail, or use the ETHICSearch online form to submit ethical questions, and the experienced ethics research lawyers at ETHICSearch will help locate citations to relevant ethics resources that relate to the inquiry.

Membership in the Center for Professional Responsibility is only $20 per year for students and includes a free copy of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which is a required text for many professional responsibility classes.

Visit CPR’s website to become a member or to access CPR resources.

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