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Professional Responsibility and California Legal Ethics

This guide provides guidance for locating ABA rules of professional conduct, ABA ethics opinions, state statutes and rules governing attorney conduct in California, and other sources related to legal ethics and legal malpractice.

Getting Advice from the California Bar

If you have ethical concerns, the California State Bar provides a confidential research service to help California lawyers identify and analyze their professional responsibilities. This service is for California Attorneys only at 1-800-238-4427 (toll free in California) or 415-538-2150 (from outside of California).

Getting Started: Suggested Reading

Most of the resources in this guide can be found on the California State Bar's Ethics page. This site includes the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the State Bar Act and ethics opinions. Researchers may wish to start at this valuable and comprehensive site. Another useful resource provided on the State Bar website is Publication 250, which provides access to relevant state ethics materials including constitutional provisions and court rules.