Table of contents
1 professional responsibility: an overview
2 menu of sources
2.1 State Material
2.1.1 State Judicial Decisions
2.2 Other References
2.2.1 Key Internet Sources
2.2.2 Useful Offnet (or Subscription – $) Sources
3 other topics
professional responsibility: an overview
The legal profession has existed for over two thousand years. From the Greek city-states and the Roman Empire to present day United States, legal advocates have played a vital and active role in the formulation and administration of laws. Because of their role in society and their close involvement in the administration of law, lawyers are subject to special standards, regulation, and liability. Sometimes called legal ethics, sometimes professional responsibility, the topic is perhaps most comprehensively described as the law governing lawyers.
Since lawyers are admitted to practice by states this topic is largely one of state law. However, as federal courts can and do set their own practice rules and federal agencies do as well, the topic has a federal component, too.
This area of law is covered extensively in the LII’s American Legal Ethics Library (http://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/) which includes comprehensive links to primary sources for each U.S. jurisdiction and commentary on the law of lawyering for a growing number of them.
menu of sources
LII’s American Legal Ethics Library (http://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/)
State Judicial Decisions
N.Y. Court of Appeals:
Recent Decisions Dealing with Professional Responsibility (http://www.law.cornell.edu/nyctap/search/index?query=professional+and+responsibility+not+liibulletin)
Commentary from liibulletin-ny (http://www.law.cornell.edu/nyctap/search/index?query=liibulletin+and+professional+and+responsibility)
Appellate Decisions from Other States (http://www.law.cornell.edu/states/)
Key Internet Sources
Useful Offnet (or Subscription – $) Sources
Good Starting Point in Print: Charles W. Wolfram, Hornbook on Modern Legal Ethics (http://west.thomson.com/product/14551885/product.asp) , West Group (1986)
American Legal Ethics Library CD-ROM (http://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/)
Category: Legal Education & Practice
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