Encouraging ethical practices is an important way for the State Bar to prevent and discourage attorney misconduct. This is where you’ll find many resources, including ethics opinions, education programs and research tools that can aid attorneys in the course of practicing law.
Here’s where you can find direct links to legal codes, ethics authorities, searchable full text resources and current and proposed Rules of Professional Conduct.
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(Attorney Complaint Hotline)
The Ethics Hotline is a confidential service for attorneys seeking guidance on their professional responsibilities.
Read full text versions of ethics opinions issued by the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.
California Rules of Professional Conduct
The State Bar Act - Business & Professions Code §§ 6000 et seq. (See Div. 3, Chapter 4 Attorneys)
Read about the work of the Second Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct
The Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct helps the State Bar by developing advisory ethics opinions on lawyer conduct.
The bar has collected a wide range of resources that may help
attorneys facing retirement, disability and death. See rules, advisory
ethics opinions, articles, publications and MCLE programs that can help
aging attorneys plan their future.
Although judges are not regulated by the State Bar, attorneys need to
know the standards of conduct for judges and court staff helps assure
that a lawyer practices law in a competent and professionally
The bar features a collection of selected resources provided to
promote a lawyer’s awareness and understanding of judicial ethics.
The State Bar has plenty of information that can help you manage your client's trust account.