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:
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.