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Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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

Purpose and Scope

The law governing the conduct of lawyers is predominantly based on model rules of ethics that are adopted and interpreted by each state. Research on legal ethics and professional responsibility, then, requires use of materials beyond statutes and cases, including Rules of Professional Conduct and opinions from ethics boards and bar associations.

This guide is intended to be an introductory guide to conducting legal research relating to legal ethics and professional responsibility in the Law Library’s collections and on the internet.

If you need some background on professional responsibility or an overview of key issues, start with the following texts:

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Websites

Georgia Ethics Helpline

Georgia Ethics Helpline 404-527-8720 or 800-334-6865

The Office of the General Counsel operates a Lawyer Helpline for members of the State Bar of Georgia who are faced with ethical dilemmas. The Helpline hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. An Assistant General Counsel can direct the caller to the ethics rules that cover a particular situation and can discuss the consequences of a course of action that the caller proposes.

Study Aids

Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the State of Georgia, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Georgia State University College of Law and the authors of the works contained on this website do not assume or accept any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currentness, or comprehensiveness of the content on this website. The content on this website does not in any manner constitute the issuance of legal advice or counsel. The information on this website is intended to provide resources that may aid the research of the topics presented, and are in no way a comprehensive list of sources one should consult on the topics presented. Please note that case law, statutory law, and administrative law may be modified and/or overturned. Additionally, because the laws vary between jurisdictions, the laws referred to herein may or may not be applicable to the law within the reader’s jurisdiction.