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Ethics and Professional Responsibility

This research guide provides an overview of legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Case Law - Federal

In addition to cases located in LexisNexis or Westlaw, federal opinions can be found in the following sources:

Case Law - Georgia

In addition to searching Georgia Ethics Databases, you can search Georgia cases using the links below. 

Overview of Legal Ethics Case Law

State ethics opinions may be appealed to the appellate courts, where the court opinions carry more weight than the state bar association's opinions. Case law involving legal ethics issues includes appeals of disciplinary proceedings, legal malpractice, sanctions under FRCP 11, 26 and 37, and ineffective assistance of counsel claims in criminal appeals.

Find Judicial opinions on legal ethics in the traditional case law databases:

Locate court decisions relating to legal ethics using West key numbers:

Georgia Legal Ethics Cases - Databases

Find Georgia opinions from the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals that relate to legal ethics:

  • Lexis: Georgia Ethics Cases database
    • Set filters to Cases, Georgia, and Legal Ethics
  • Westlaw: Georgia Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Cases database
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