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ETHICS INQUIRY PROGRAM


Guide to the ARDC Ethics Inquiry Program  |  Ethics FAQs  |  Professionalism Seminar  |  Legal Ethics Research Links

LEGAL ETHICS RESEARCH LINKS

We provide the following links to web sites containing materials in the area of legal ethics that because we believe that these web sites may be of interest to you. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy and the “cookie” policy of that site. Inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement of those web sites. Links to the Illinois Supreme Court, other agencies and bar associations are provided in the Internet Resources and Links for Courts, Agencies, and Associations section of our website.

Legal Ethics Sites

  • American Legal Ethics Library (Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School). www.law.cornell.edu/ethics
    Searchable database contains rules of professional conduct and commentary on the law governing lawyers organized by jurisdiction.

  • National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC). www.nobc.org
    Searchable database of summaries of attorney disciplinary proceedings across the country and nationwide directory of lawyer regulatory agencies.

  • FindLaw for Legal Professionals. www.findlaw.com
    Links to ethics and professional responsibility law, articles, newsletters and directories.

  • Internet Legal Services. www.legalethics.com
    Current issues in legal ethics and links to state rules and state bar associations

  • Illinois Supreme Court. www.state.il.us/court
    Opinions of the Court, including published opinions arising out of attorney disciplinary proceedings, and the rules relating to admission, registration, professional responsibility and the Code of Judicial Conduct

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). www.actec.org Commentaries on certain ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct as they relate to common ethics issues for lawyers in the areas of trust and estate planning. Includes checklists and engagement forms.

  • American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility. www.abanet.org/cpr
    Provides resources in legal ethics including the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and headnote summaries of recent formal ethics opinions issued by the ABA. Also, provides links to directories of lawyer regulatory, lawyer assistance programs (including Illinois’ LAP) and client protection agencies in each jurisdiction and resource links.

Ethics Advisory Opinions

  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Ethics Advisory Opinions. www.illinoisbar.org
    For ISBA Members Only - Searchable database of ethics advisory opinions issued by the Illinois State Bar Association (1984 – present)

  • Illinois Attorney General Opinions. www.ag.state.il.us
    Opinions issued by the Attorney General from 1992 to present.

  • Illinois Judges Association. www.ija.org
    Contains ethics advisory opinions issued since 1993 concerning the Judicial Code 

Resources

  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. www.ltf.org
    Information regarding the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, the Honor Roll list of bank and financial institutions organized by judicial circuit and downloadable forms to set up IOLTA trust accounts

  • Judicial Inquiry Board. www.state.il.us/jib
    The Rules of Judicial Conduct and information regarding the submission and handling of complaints against Illinois judges.

  • Illinois Board of Bar Admissions. www.ILBarAdmissions.org
    Information regarding applying for admission to the Illinois bar, character and fitness review, the bar exam and a list of jurisdictions that share reciprocity with Illinois.

  • ABA ETHICSearch Research Service. http://ambar.org/CPREthicsearch 
    A research service, staffed by the ABA Legal Ethics Department, providing citations to applicable ABA ethics rules, ethics opinions and other relevant research materials in answer to questions concerning legal ethics. Questions can be made by phone (312/988-5323), mail (ETHICSearch, Center for Professional Responsibility, ABA, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314), fax (312/988-5491) or e-mail (ethicsearch@americanbar.org).

  • CBA Committee on Professional Responsibility.
    www.chicagobar.org/member/committee
    As a service to CBA members, the Committee responds to general inquiries from lawyers concerning professional responsibility.  Opinions of the Committee of general interest to the profession may be published. 

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