The Ethics Hotline is a confidential service for attorneys seeking guidance on their professional responsibilities.
Attorneys may request a call by completing the online Call Request Form or by calling the Ethics Hotline at: 800-238-4427 (800-2-ETHICS) within California or 415-538-2150 from outside of California. Your call will be returned in the order your request is received. Our staff will return your call between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (PST), Monday through Friday.
The hotline accommodates attorneys who do not wish to divulge their names or telephone numbers. Anonymous callers can call the Ethics Hotline and the receptionist will take a pseudonym and schedule an appointment for a return call.
Calls are typically returned in approximately 1 business day. If your matter is time-sensitive, please call the Ethics Hotline and inform the receptionist of the nature of the urgency. Do not use the Call Request Form for urgent matters or inquiries concerning the unauthorized practice of law.
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.
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