Vol. 6, No. 7, April 2004

Legal Ethics

[Updated 7/09/12]


Board of Bar Overseers/Office of the Bar Counsel

The Board of Bar Overseers, which supervises attorney discipline in Massachusetts, offers this site with the full text of disciplinary decisions and admonitions from 1999, procedures for filing a complaint against a lawyer, and a directory of lawyers including record of public discipline. This site also provides answers to some common ethical questions lawyers have, more in-depth articles on further ethical topics, and full text of the ethical rules governing Massachusetts lawyers: The Rules of Professional Conduct, Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01, and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers. The prior rules, the Canons of Ethics and Disciplinary Rules, in force from 1972-1997, are also provided here.

American Legal Ethics Library

The American Legal Ethics Library, from Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII), contains the full text of the professional conduct codes or rules, and various state ethics opinions. Coverage is provided for all states and Washington, D.C. LII publishes some, and others are included through links to state bar or court sites. Narrative descriptions are also provided for some states. This library can be searched via the table of contents or via a full-text search.

ABA Center for Professional Responsibility

The Center for Professional Responsibility provides national leadership and vision in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal ethics and professional regulation. This site provides information on developments, conferences, and publications in the area of legal ethics.

Legal Ethics

This searchable resource focuses on the unique ethical issues raised by the technology of the Internet. The site's most useful service tracks and publishes state and local ethics rulings relating to the Internet, including attorney advertising and e-mail communication. Recent news regarding the ethics of technology and the law is provided on the front page.


A comprehensive site for ethics and professional responsibility, this page provides links to law and government documents, journals, newsletters, message boards, government agencies, individual state bar associations, and ethics rules.

National Organization of Bar Counsel

Members of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) enforce the ethical rules which regulate the professional conduct of lawyers. The page provides a broad definition of "legal ethics," lists the staff of every state ethics agency, and provides links to various ethics sites.


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