For Law Students


Join Now

Author: ABA Center for Professional Responsibility

ABA Center for Professional Responsibility The Center for Professional Responsibility advances the public interest by promoting and encouraging high ethical conduct and professionalism by lawyers and judges. The Center provides leadership and guidance to the legal profession and the judiciary by developing, interpreting and promoting the implementation of policies and standards that govern the conduct and regulation of lawyers and judges, including examining the challenges and opportunities of today’s global legal environment and by producing scholarly and other resources.

Website Facebook @abacpr


Author posts



Ethics Tips logo

Ethics tip: Limited-scope services

July 01, 2016

In November of 2015, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 472, Communication with Person Receiving Limited-Scope Legal Services. In this opinion, the Committee discussed various communication issues as they relate both to a lawyer who provides limited scope representation to a client under Model

Thumbs down

Ethics tip: When your logo is a no-go

June 24, 2016

Lawyers in solo practice and those starting new firms are sometimes advised to have a logo created to brand their law practice and thus differentiate it from the other firms. See, Do-It-Yourself Marketing: Tips for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers published by the ABA Section of Law Practice Management

Advice

Some advice ... on what's legal advice

June 17, 2016

Lawyers like to talk about the law and often do so in social settings, in casual encounters with friends and acquaintances and on social media. It is human nature to chime in when you know something relevant to a discussion. However, in order to avoid the inadvertent creation of a

Threatening

What's the big zeal?

May 27, 2016

Although the Rules of Professional Conduct permit lawyers to represent their clients zealously, there are limits as to what is deemed to be acceptable.

Interpreters

Don't get lost in the translation

May 20, 2016

You have a small immigration practice in Chicago, a city known for a rich diversity of neighborhoods that are home to ethnicities from all over the world. Your office is situated in an area that straddles several of these neighborhoods, and your clientele consists of people from Polish, Hispanic and Korean

Spock and Kirk

Searching for the Mr. Spock in you

May 13, 2016

You are at the helm of the Starship Enterprise, and are boldly going where no one has gone before.  Suddenly on the viewscreen a shining and twirling object that you can’t quite make out appears and is approaching the ship at warp speed.  You only have seconds to decide your next

Ethics Tips logo

Ethics Tip: Facebook might not be a lawyer's friend

May 06, 2016

It goes without saying, but also bears repeating - that lawyers should be careful to avoid conduct that has the potential to mislead or deceive others when using social media as it relates to their law practice. Over the past few years, ETHICSearch research lawyers have published several Eye on Ethics