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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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February 25
Denial of Discharge Due to Debtor's Conduct Prevents Her From Suing Bankruptcy Lawyer
February 25
Privilege Can't Be Claimed for E-Mails Exchanged With Nonlawyer Litigation Funder
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Maybe Lawyer's Behavior Was ‘Offensive' But Not Enough to Affect Pro Hac Vice Status
February 25
Six-Figure Sanction for Discovery Delays Upheld Except Where Wrong Basis Was Used
February 25
Even if Out-of-State Attorney Made Mistakes Judge Erred in Contempt Finding, Sanctions
February 25
Contempt Fines Survive Lawyer's Objection That They Violate Imprisonment-for-Debt Law
February 25
Lawyer Who Served as Risk Manager May Use Company Info in Bias Lawsuit
February 25
Opinion Describes How to Withdraw Ethically When Judge Asks Attorney for Her Reasons
February 25
Lawyer May Ask That Full Contingent Fee Come From ‘First Proceeds' of Iffy Recovery
February 25
Several Ethics Rules Implicated When Firm ‘Loans' Attorneys to Organizational Clients
February 25
Okay From Counsel of Record Isn't Needed To Speak With Opponent's Other Lawyers
February 25
Lawyer Didn't Need to Ask Client's Daughter Before Helping Him Revoke Power of Attorney
February 25
Mudslinging in Judicial Candidate's Flyers Triggers Reproval From California Bar Court
February 25
Lawyer's ‘Small' Gifts of Cash to Inmates Were Unethical Despite His ‘Altruistic Intent'
February 25
Reciprocal Disability Status May Be Imposed Without Holding Separate Incapacity Hearing
February 25
Patent Attorney Cites Loyalty to Client In Opposing High Court Sanction Threat
February 25
Speakers Offer Advice on Softening Impact Of Adverse Publicity From Lawyer Misconduct
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Adapt to Changes in Meeting Legal Needs Or Risk Being Left Behind, NOBC Panel Says
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The Ethics and Financial Impact of Dropping a Client for Nonpayment of Legal Fees
February 25
MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES
February 25
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
February 25
Law Firm Can't Be Ordered To Give Up Client's Mobile Phone
January 28
Shared Business Interests Aren't Enough To Invoke ‘Common Interest Doctrine' Rule
January 28
Even Defunct Company Can Keep Privilege If Someone Still Has Authority to Assert It
January 28
GM's Release of Internal Probe Report Doesn't Waive Privilege for Attorneys' Notes
January 28
‘Unknowingly' Repeating Client Misstatements Wasn't Basis for Holding Lawyer in Contempt
January 28
Bankruptcy Court's Fee Adjudication Bars Client's Subsequent Malpractice Suit
January 28
Firm That Spurned Possible Qui Tam Case Didn't Breach Duties in Pursuing Rival Action
January 28
Claim That Firm Botched Patent Application Belongs in State Court, Federal Circuit Says
January 28
Prefatory Conversation With Would-Be Client Doesn't Preclude Role as Adversary's Counsel
January 28
Waiver in Joint Defense Agreement Allows Firm to Oppose Former Clients in Same Case
January 28
Firm's Prior Representation of Fired CFO Precludes Role in Current Suit Against Him
January 28
Ineffective-Assistance Claim Over Conflict Must Link Conflict to Actual ‘Adverse Effect'
January 28
Rule Against Limited Representation Forbids Drafting Assistance, Contact With Counsel
January 28
Court Weighs Argument That UPL Violations May Bar Counterclaim for Unpaid Legal Fees
January 28
Dismissal of Debtor's Bankruptcy Case Didn't Affect Jurisdiction to Award Fees
January 28
No Intrafirm Privilege for Lawyer's Deposition Prep
January 28
Lawyer's Blog Qualifies as Advertising If Implicit Message Is ‘Available for Hire'
January 28
Attorney May Disclose Client's Suicide Plan, But Has No Affirmative Ethical Duty to Do So
January 28
Lawyer Must Substantiate Elder Abuse Before Disclosing Information Over Client's Objection
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Florida UPL Opinion Sharply Curtails Nonlawyers' ‘Medicaid Planning' Activities
January 28
Distinguishing Bench From Bar, Court Denies Public Access to Judicial Ethics Investigations
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Lawyer Who ‘Threw Client Under Bus' Gets Disbarred for ‘Flagrant Dishonesty' and More
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Lawyer Violated Ethics and Fiduciary Duties While Providing Escrow and Closing Services
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Prosecutors Sanctioned in Stevens Case Win Second Round Before Personnel Board
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Expected Changes to E-Discovery Rules Warrant Attention by Parties and Counsel
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