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ABA/BNA Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct

The ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct™ is a trusted, authoritative source for news and guidance on virtually every aspect of attorney conduct and legal ethics.  Understand cases and decisions that directly impact your work, and avoid damaging conflicts and sanctions.

 

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CURRENT REPORTS

Detailed news and analysis of judicial and regulatory developments relating to legal ethics and professional practice.


REFERENCE

Practice Guides include an overview of dozens of ethical and professional topics, detailed background information and analysis of the law, and descriptions of how courts and ethics committees have applied the law in particular fact situations. 


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Expertly authored by practitioners offering real world guidance on the legal ethics issues that are shaping the practice of law.

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FEATURES

Includes links to state websites for full text of state ethics rules and opinions. As well as multi-year archives of Current Reports and ethics opinions online.


KEY LAWS & REGULATIONS

Key Laws & Regulations covering state ethics rules and federal laws and regulations affecting attorney conduct (including Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and federal agency rules).


TOPICS COVERED

  • Advertising and solicitation
  • Client funds and property
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Fees
  • Lawyer-client relationship
  • Malpractice
  • Misconduct and discipline
  • Multijurisdictional practice
  • Obligations to third parties
  • Sanctions
  • Social Media
  • Trial conduct
  • Types of practice

SPECIFICATIONS

Product Structure

Reference: analysis, guidance, and primary source material. 
Notification: current reports providing news and developments. 

Formats and Frequency

Continually published online, with email highlights.
Web version offers full text of every ABA ethics opinion issued from 1986 onward, digests of state and local ethics opinions from 1986 to the present, and links to state websites for full text of state ethics rules and opinions.


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Delaware High Court Adopts ‘Garner' Doctrine Allowing Stockholders to See Privileged Info
July 30
Claim That Lawyer Kept Unearned Fees Isn't Subject to One-Year Limitation Period
July 30
Lawyer Has No Claim Against Opposing Party Whose Deal With Client Nullified Lawyer's Fee
July 30
Firms' Fee-Sharing Deal Can Be Verbal Despite Necessity of Written Client Consent
July 30
Potential Malpractice Action Payout Can Be Assigned as Security for Loan
July 30
Bankruptcy Court Properly Exercised Jurisdiction Over ‘Core' Malpractice Claim
July 30
Wife Lacks Basis to Seek Firm's Removal As Counsel for Both Husband and His Lover
July 30
Court Dismisses Lawyer's Copyright Claim Based on Use of Briefs by Westlaw and Lexis
July 30
Nebraska Admits Relocated Lawyer to Bar Despite Prior Discipline and Credit Problems
July 30
Lateral Hire's Minor Role Doesn't Warrant Removal
July 30
Company's Lawyer May Also Offer to Serve As Employees' Counsel if Motive Is Legitimate
July 30
Representing Party in Arbitration Proceeding Isn't Activity Nonlawyers May Do in Alabama
July 30
Lawyer for Elderly Person's Terminated Agent May Reveal Confidential Info to New Guardian
July 30
Lawyer's Mental Decline Needn't Be Reported Without Evidence of Actual Violation of Rules
July 30
Firm Handling Union's Legal Services Plan Can't Tell Union Identities of Client Enrollees
July 30
Prosecutor Can't Work Under City's ‘No Plea' Policy
July 30
Felony Conviction for Lying to FBI Agents Produces Indefinite Suspension for Ex-Judge
July 30
Pervasive Deceit in Effort to Help Relative Leads to Disbarment for Maryland Attorney
July 30
Lawyers' Duty of Confidentiality, Part III: Content of the Information
July 30
Market Fluctuation, Not Poor Legal Advice, Caused Stock-Option Loss Client Experienced
July 16
Public Policy Doesn't Insulate Attorneys For Advice That Led to Client's Convictions
July 16
Guardian Acting as ‘Best Interests Attorney' Enjoys Quasi-Judicial Immunity From Liability
July 16
Courts Dismiss Dueling Defamation Suits Between Law School and Plaintiffs' Lawyers
July 16
Law Firm Won't Be Booted From Handling Malpractice Suit Against Former Co-Counsel
July 16
Pro Bono Appearance for Chapter 7 Debtor Doesn't Conflict With Representing Creditors
July 16
Attorney Did Not Deserve Being Sanctioned For Complaining About Slow Payment of Fees
July 16
Court's Power to Clarify Sanctions Allocation Undercuts Attorney's Malpractice Complaint
July 16
Attack by Mentally Ill Client Leads to Lawsuit
July 16
Client's Harsh Critique of Lawyer Online Can't Be Countered With Detailed Response
July 16
Lawyers May Advise Clients to ‘Take Down' Facebook Posts, but Must Preserve Deletions
July 16
Estate-Planning Lawyer Has Limited Authority To Disclose Dementia-Afflicted Client's Will
July 16
Fact Witnesses May Be Paid for Time Spent Reviewing Materials to Prepare for Testimony
July 16
Full Disclosure of Mistake, Consequences May Let Attorney Avoid ‘Prior Work' Conflict
July 16
Acting as Client's Real Estate Agent Involved Business Deal, Not Personal-Interest Conflict
July 16
Attorney Aided UPL in New York by Forming Firm With Peruvian-Based ‘Legal Consultant'
July 16
Lawyer Disbarred for ‘Just Kidding' About Oral Sex
July 16
Profits From Finishing Bankrupt Firms' Cases Belong to Law Firms That Completed Them
July 16
Individual Pro Bono Not Enough, Judges Say; Pro Se Problem Needs Coordinated Attention
July 16
Lawyers' Duty of Confidentiality, Part II: Timing of the Information
July 16
Engagement Fees: An Observation
July 16
D.C. Circuit Rejects ‘Destabilizing' Ruling On Privilege for Internal Corporate Probes
July 2
Firm's Role in Suit Over Contract It Drafted Extended Time for Bringing Malpractice Suit
July 2
Statute of Limitations Was Not Suspended By Later Services or Nondisclosure of Breach
July 2
Court Gives ‘Expansive' Reading to Doctrine Requiring Malpractice Plaintiffs' Exoneration
July 2
Attorney Pursuing Wrongful Death Action Owes Duty of Care to Decedent's Next of Kin
July 2
Applying Multiplier to Lodestar Was Improper In Lawyer's Fee Action Against Divorce Client
July 2
Associate's Contract With Former Firm Limits New Employer's Share of Contingent Fee
July 2
Court-Appointed Law Firm's Fee Dispute Can't Go Forward as Takings Clause Case
July 2
State Bar Isn't Necessary Party to Suit Accusing Firm of Bogus Class Action Charges
July 2
Firm Doesn't Have to Give Ex-Client Originals Unless They're Needed or Came From Client
July 2
Lawyer Has Unjust Enrichment Claim For Ex-Firm's Continued Use of His Name
July 2
Trial Court Had to Allow Lawyers' Withdrawal After Finding Conflict Due to Malpractice Suit
July 2
Law Firm Could Buy Opponent's Computer At Auction, Have Expert Examine Hard Drive
July 2
Nonlawyer Member of LLC Engaged in UPL But Tax Agency Ruling Will Not Be Reversed
July 2
‘Affordable Law Center' Misled Debtors, Engaged in Unauthorized Practice of Law
July 2
Rule Change Negates Former Ethics Advice On Contacts With Company's Ex-Employees
July 2
Maine Ethics Opinion Addresses Disclosure Obligations in ‘Deferred Disposition' Settings
July 2
Due Process Wasn't Violated by Finding Lawyer Guilty of Uncharged Rule Violations
July 2
Sex Demand Tied to Clerkship Offer Results in One-Year Suspension for Lawyer
July 2
Sanction Imposed by Another Court Doesn't Mitigate Discipline for Same Conduct
July 2
Judge Disbarred for Relationship With Prosecutor
July 2
Lawyers' Duty of Confidentiality, Part I: Source of the Information
July 2