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This page contains links and resources concerning ethical issues facing IP practitioners and is maintained by the Mercer Law School Technology & Intellectual Property Section. If a link is broken or you know of material we do not have posted, e-mail us.

Links to Ethics Rules and Opinions

American Bar Association

ABA Model Rules

Discussion of on-going revisions to the Model Rules.

Summaries of ABA Ethics Opinions

General Ethics Resources
PTO Code of Professional Responsibility

Prior versions of 37 C.F.R.

Alabama

Alabama Rules

Alabama Ethics Opinions

Alaska

Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct

Alaska Ethics Opinions

Arizona

Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct

Arizona Ethics Opinions

Arkansas

Various Arkansas Rules Governing Lawyers

California

California Ethics Home Page

California Rules of Professional Conduct

Statutes Related to Attorney Conduct

California Ethics Opinions

Los Angeles County Bar Association Ethics Opinions

California Ethics Hotliner

California Substantive Law Supersite

Colorado

Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct

Colorado Ethics Opinions

Charles F. Luce on Ethics

Connecticut

Connecticut Rules

Connecticut Ethics Opinions(Requires Login)

Delaware

Delaware Ethics Opinions

District of Columbia

D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct

D.C. Ethics Opinions

Florida

Florida Rules

Florida Ethics Opinions

Florida Center for Professionalism

Florida Ethics Newsletter

And Still Other Florida Links

Georgia

Georgia Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Georgia State Disciplinary Board Advisory Opinions

Supreme Court of Georgia Advisory Opinions

Mercer University School of Law Center for Legal Ethics & Professionalism (has links to all Georgia ethics sites, and numerous articles and other resources).

Hawaii

Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct

Hawaii Disciplinary counsel Opinions

Hawaii Professionalism Code for Lawyers

Idaho

Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct

Idaho Civility Guidelines

Illinois

Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct

Illinois State Bar Ethics Opinions (searchable by members only)

Indiana

Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct

Iowa

Iowa Standards of Professional Conduct

Recent Amendments and New Court Rules

Iowa Ethics Opinions(available only to members)

Iowa Bar Association

Kansas

Kansas Model Rules

Kentucky

Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct

Kentucky Ethics Opinions

Kentucky Code of Professional Courtesy

Louisiana

Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct

Louisiana Ethics Opinion Advisory Service

Louisiana Code of Professionalism

Louisiana Rules for Lawyer Discplinary Enforcement (pdf file).

Maine

Maine Code of Professional Responsibility

Maine Ethics Opinions

Maryland

Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct

Massachusetts Ethics Opinions

United States District Court for Massachusetts

Massachusetts Supreme Court Opinions

Massachusetts Appellate Court Opinions

Massachusetts Bar Association

Massachusetts State Laws

Massachusetts Laws & Regulations

Masslaw.com

Michigan

Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct

Michigan Ethics Opinions

A Page of Michigan Ethics Links

Minnesota

Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct

Minnesota Ethics Opinions

Minnesota Bar Admission Rules

Minnesota Code of Judicial Conduct

Minnesota Disciplinary Proceeding Rule 9

Minnesota Statutes

Minnesota Agency Rules and Regulations

Minnlawyer.com

Minnesota Law Schools

Mississippi

Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct

Mississippi Ethics Opinions

Missouri

Missouri Ethics Opinions

Montanta

Montana Rules of Professional Conduct and Related Links

Montana Ethics Opinions

Nebraska

Nebraska Rules

Nebraska Ethics Opinions

Nevada

Nevada's rules (scroll down to Rule 150)

Nevada Ethics Opinions

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Ethics Opinions

New Hampshire Rules of Professional Conduct

New Jersey

New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct

New Jersey Ethics Opinions

New Mexico

New Mexico Ethics Opinions

New York

New York Code of Professional Responsibility (pdf file on left side)

New York MDP Rules

New York State Ethics Opinions

New York City Bar Association Ethics Opinions [Click "Reports/Publications"]

New York Code of Judicial Conduct

North Carolina

North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct

North Carolina Ethics Opinions

North Dakota

North Dakota Rules

North Dakota Ethics Opinions

Ohio

Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility

Ohio Ethics Opinions from the Ohio Supreme Court

Cincinatti Bar Association Ethics Opinions (Requires Login)

Committee on Professionalism codes and related matters.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct

Oklahoma Ethics Opinions

Oregon

Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct

Oregon Ethics Opinions

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct

Pennsylvania Bar Association Ethics Opinions(Requires Login)

Philadelphia Bar Association Ethics Opinions

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Rules

Rhode Island Ethics Opinions

South Carolina

South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct

South Carolina Ethics Opinions

South Dakota
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Tennessee

Tennessee Rules

Tennessee Ethics Opinions

Texas

Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee's Interpretive Comments on Lawyer Advertising, which contains important comments on complying with web ads.

Texas Ethics Opinions Organized by Subject

Texas Code of Judicial Conduct

Texas Opinions on the Code of Judicial Conduct

Texas Code of Judicial Conduct & Judicial Ethics Opinions

Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism

Walter Steele, Jr.'s Home Page (SMU Law Professor)

Texas Lawyers' Insurance Exchange Newsletters

Please note that the following links are to repealed versions of Texas ethics rules (they can still be relevant to Texas lawyers):

Texas Code of Professional Conduct

Ethical Considerations to the Texas Code of Professional Conduct

Texas Canons of Professional Ethics

Utah

Utah Rules of Professional Conduct

Utah Ethics Opinions

Vermont

Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct

Vermont Ethics Opinions

Virginia

Virginia Disciplinary Rules (pdf file).

Virginia Bar Ethics Opinions

Mcguire, Woods offers summaries of Virginia legal ethics opinions.

Virginia Advertising Opinions

James McCauley's Home Page, which includes this material:

Virginia's Unauthorized Practice Rules

Various Articles

A Link On Virginia's MDP Commission.

Washington

Washington Rules of Professional Conduct

Washington Formal Published Ethics Opinions

Washington Primer for Government Lawyer Ethics

Washington article on conflicts of interest

West Virginia

West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct

West Virginia Legal Ethics Opinions

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Rules, part A. And, here is the second part, beginning with Rule 2.1.

Wisconsin Ethics Opinions

Wyoming
Wyoming Court Rules