Below are links to the full text of ethics opinions issued by the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.
These advisory opinions regarding the ethical propriety of hypothetical attorney conduct, although not binding, are often cited in the decisions of the Supreme Court, the State Bar Court Review Department and the Court of Appeal.
The Ethics Hotline, a telephone research service to assist attorneys with questions relating to their ethical responsibilities, is also available to attorneys from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on weekdays. The Ethics Hotline can be reached by calling 800-238-4427 (800-2-ETHICS) within California or 415-538-2150 from outside of California.
These opinions are also published in the California Compendium on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, which is available from the State Bar by calling 415-538-2148.
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