The Ethics Hotline is a confidential research service for attorneys seeking guidance on their professional responsibilities.
As of March 17, the State Bar’s offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles are closed to the public, with all staff required to telecommute. We are taking this measure out of an abundance of caution, in an effort to protect staff and the community at large. The closure is expected to continue until further notice. As a result, until further notice, the Ethics Hotline is operating a modified service. Attorneys may request a call by completing the online Ethics Hotline Research Assistance Request Form. Do not call the Ethics Hotline call center as you cannot use that system for obtaining assistance.
If you complete the online call request form, an Ethics Hotline staff person will return your call between the hours of 9:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If this is a time-sensitive matter involving potential imminent physical harm or extreme urgency, you may call: 415-538-2148.
Staff members who answer the hotline cannot provide legal counsel, advice or opinions. But they can discuss issues and authorities with lawyers. By referring callers to statutes, rules, cases and bar opinions, staff members strive to assist attorneys in reaching informed decisions about their professional responsibility questions.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this period of modified service and check this page periodically for updates.
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