Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics Research
Updated by Paul Hellyer
- Library Materials
- Ethics Rules & Opinions
- Treatises, Journals & Other Secondary Sources
- Free Web Sites
Some resources on this page are subscription databases that require a W&M ID and password for off-campus access.
Lexis and Westlaw require individual IDs and passwords for both off-campus and on-campus access.
To search for books, journals, and audiovisual materials held by William & Mary libraries, use the online catalog.
- Subject Queries: 'legal ethics' or 'judicial ethics'
- Individual jurisdictions can be searched, e.g. 'legal ethics' and Virginia
To search for materials from other libraries, use the Worldcat database.
To browse the library's shelves for books on professional responsibility and legal ethics, look in or around call numbers KF305 or, for judicial ethics, KF8779. Some relevant books are on reserve.
Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (ABA)
KF308 .A943 2007 (RESERVE)
Compendium of Client Protection Rules (ABA)
KF314 .C45 C66 2011 (STACKS)
Combined State Case Law and Ethics Opinions Lexis
State Ethics Opinions--Combined Westlaw
Check Lexis, Westlaw, the state code in print, or the websites of the state bar association and/or state court system.
Selected Treatises & Restatement
James J. Alfini, Judicial Conduct and Ethics (4th ed. 2007 & annual supp.)
KF8779 .S47 2007 (STACKS) Lexis
Lawrence Fox, Red Flags: a Lawyer's Handbook on Legal Ethics (2nd ed. 2010)
KF306 .F692 2010 (STACKS)
John Wesley Hall, Jr., Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice (3rd ed. 2005 & annual supp.)
KF306 .H25 2005 (STACKS) Westlaw
Geoffrey C. Hazard, The Law of Lawyering (3rd ed. 2001 & annual supp.)
KF306 .H33 2001 (STACKS)
Gregory P. Joseph, Sanctions: the Federal Law of Litigation Abuse (4th ed. 2008 & annual supp.)
KF8887 .J66 2008 (STACKS) Lexis
Douglas R. Richmond et al, Professional Responsibility in Litigation (2011)
KF306 .R53 2011 (STACKS)
LegalTrac is a database that indexes articles from law reviews, bar association publications, legal magazines and legal newspapers.
- Legal ethics
- Conflicts of interest (Lawyers)
- Legal etiquette
- Judicial ethics
Selected Periodicals on Professional Responsibility & Legal Ethics
Legal Ethics Law Review Articles, Combined Lexis
American Bar Association: Center for Professional Responsibility
Includes reports, surveys, news on recent developments, abstracts of the ABA's ethics opinions, links to state ethics rules, and other resources on legal ethics.
American Legal Ethics Library
Part of Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII). Features original commentaries on ethics rules for various states and topics.
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
"An independent national organization of lawyers concentrating in the fields of professional responsibility and legal ethics." -- From the website
Center on Professionalism
From the University of South Carolina School of Law. Has a bibliography of articles, reports, initiatives and other resources on a variety of legal ethics topics.
Legal Ethics Forum
A popular blog on legal ethics authored by several law professors.
A blog focusing on the ethical issues related to the legal profession's use of technology.
National Organization of Bar Counsel
NOBC's members enforce legal ethics rules. Their website has links to state disciplinary procedure rules, professional conduct rules, ethics opinions and other legal resources.
Virginia State Bar
Includes Virginia's Rules of Professional Conduct and advisory opinions issued by the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, plus other information about attorney discipline and ethics in Virginia.