This page contains selected ethics resources for attorneys on the topics listed below which include statutes, opinions, and articles.
Law firms affected by natural disaster or catastrophic event
New Rules of Professional Conduct Approved by the Supreme Court
Ethical obligations in representing a marijuana business
Attorneys should consider their ethical obligations if their law practice has been affected or the attorney is forced to close their practice due to a natural disaster or other catastrophic event.
On May 10, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued an order approving new Rules of Professional Conduct, which will go into effect Nov. 1, 2018. The current rules remain in effect until then.
As the law pertaining to the legalization of the cultivation, sales, and use of marijuana continues to change, questions arise as to whether a lawyer advising a client on this type of business under state law runs afoul of professional conduct rules given that such activities are illegal under federal law. Attorney should consider their ethical obligations before representing these types of businesses.