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Professional Responsibility Research Guide
INTRODUCTION TO THIS LIBRARY GUIDE
This research guide on professional responsbility lists a variety of resources in print or electronic format that can found in the Law Library and on the internet. It is divided into several parts as set forth in the Table of Contents. These resources are useful for citations and serve as a basic starting point for your research in legal ethics law. For online access to comparable resources found in either Westlaw, Lexis, or other law library electronic resources, please consult with a reference librarian.
Legal ethics is defined as "principles of conduct that members of the profession are expected to observe in the practice of law. These principles are an outgrowth of the development of the legal profession itself." Lisa G. Lerman & Philip G. Schrag, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law 4 (Vicki Been et al. eds. 3d ed. 2012. Knowledge of professional pesponsibility or legal ethics law is an important element for a practicing attorney in order to prevent professional discipline, civil liability, or criminal charges. Id. at 2-3. It is also important to know the boundaries imposed by law on the conduct of other attorneys so that improper conduct can be reported. Id. at 3. The legal profession is formally governed by the highest court in each state. Id. at 24. This includes ethics codes, statutes, case law, and regulations. Id.