Ethics - Guide to the Practice of Law
The practice of law involves giving legal advice, drafting legal documents, and representing clients in legal negotiations and court proceedings such as lawsuits. It is applied to the professional services of a lawyer or Attorney at Law, barrister, solicitor or civil law notary. However, there is a substantial amount of overlap between the practice of law and various other professions where clients are represented by agents. These professions include real estate, banking, accounting, and insurance. Moreover, a growing number of legal document assistants (LDAs) are offering services which have traditionally been offered only by lawyers and their employee paralegals.
Legal Ethics Law - US
- ABA - Center for Professional Responsibility
Since 1978, the Center has provided national leadership and vision in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal ethics, professional regulation, professionalism and client protection mechanisms.
- ABA - Ethics 2000 Commission
The Ethics 2000 Commission was formed in 1997 to review the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. It submitted a report to the House of Delegates at the August 2001 Annual Meeting. The report was debated at the August 2001 Annual and February 2002 Midyear Meetings. The changes to the Model Rules as amended during the debate were final at the end of the February 2002 Midyear Meeting.
- Code of Conduct for United States Judges
This Code applies to United States Circuit Judges, District Judges, Court of International Trade Judges, Court of Federal Claims Judges, Bankruptcy Judges, and Magistrate Judges.
- ethicalEsq - Archives
This weblog is focused on news and developments relating to lawyer ethics, stressing the interests of the average consumer-client.
- Ethics and Lawyering Today
The email newsletter Ethics and Lawyering Today, published roughly once a month, is where practicing lawyers stay current on the many ethics rules and other law that govern how they practice.
- Legal Ethics Forum
LegalEthics.com is a web site focused on the ethical issues associated with the use of technology by legal professionals. It is is updated by Professor David Hricik of Mercer University School of Law and Peter Krakaur.
- National Client Protection Organization, Inc.
The National Client Protection Organization, Inc. (NCPO) is a not-for-profit membership corporation which was organized in May 1998. NCPO is foremost an educational resource for the exchange of information among law client protection funds throughout the United States and Canada.
- Will Horsnby: The Boundaries of Legal Marketing
The Boundaries of Legal Marketing is all about the rules and policies that govern client development for legal services, in short lawyer advertising, marketing, and sales. It has been an area of controversy within the organzied bar for over a century and it deserves a forum for the views to be aired.
Advertising and Solicitation
- ABA - Advertising and Solicitation - States
Some states require submission of attorney Websites for approval; some state offer guidelines for ethical content.
- ABA: Legal Ethics and Technology: Advertising and Solicitation
The ABA has the following model rules and resources concerning lawyers advertising and solicitation. In addition, a number of states have ethics opinions concerning attorney advertising in purely technological media.
- Attorney Advertising on the Internet
This paper examines the regulation of attorney advertising over the internet
- Attorney advertising, ethical rules and the 1st amendment
News and articles discussing attorney advertising issues.
- California rules restrict attorney advertising and solicitation
California Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1-400. Advertising and solicitation
- Ethics In Attorney Advertising & Solicitation
Various articles on subjects pertaining to legal ethics and the practice of law.
Unauthorized Practice of Law
- Beware the Unauthorized Practice of Law in Cyberspace
The explosive growth of the Internet allows people to instantaneously access information about the law and their legal rights from Web sites created by both lawyers and non-lawyers without ever leaving their homes or offices. As a result, issues relating to the unauthorized practice of law by lawyers and laypeople are arising with increasing frequency.
- ISBA's Task Force on UPL
The Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law seeks out, identifies, and remedies injuries to the public and to the integrity of the profession caused by the unauthorized practice of law.
- Mediation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law
- Paralegals And Unauthorized Practice Of Law
- The Case for Repealing Unauthorized Practice of Law Statutes
- The unauthorized practice - Legal Definition
- Unauthorized practice of law on the Net
A decision issued in late December 2001 by the Ohio Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of the Law (the Board) helps to define whether certain online conduct by non-lawyers is tantamount to impermissible legal practice.
- What the Buyer Should Know about "Legal Drafting" and other Services by Non-Lawyers
Publications Related to Legal Ethics Law
- American Legal Ethics Library
This digital library contains both the codes or rules setting standards for the professional conduct of lawyers and commentary on the law governing lawyers, organized on a state by state basis.