Updated by Paul Hellyer
- Introductory Sources
- Library Materials
- Ethics Rules & Opinions
- Treatises & Restatement
- Free Websites
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.
Legal Ethics in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2018)
KF306 .R68 2018 (RESERVE) West Academic
Mastering Professional Responsibility (2nd ed. 2015)
KF306 .G544 2015 (RESERVE)
Understanding Lawyers' Ethics (5th ed. 2016)
KF306 .F76 2016 (RESERVE)
To search for books, journals, and audiovisual materials held by William & Mary libraries, use the online catalog.
- Subject Queries:
- legal ethics
- 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.
ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct (includes state, local and ABA ethics opinions)
KF305 .A8A4 (2nd floor) (library has 1984-2005 in print) Bloomberg Law
Compendium of Client Protection Rules (ABA)
KF314 .C45 C66 2011 (2nd floor)
State Ethics Opinions--Combined Westlaw
Check Lexis, Westlaw, or the websites of the state bar association and/or state court system.
(Selected sources only)
ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct Bloomberg Law
James J. Alfini, Judicial Conduct and Ethics (6th ed. 2020)
KF8779 .S47 2020 (2nd floor) Lexis
John M. Burkoff, Criminal Defense Ethics: Law & Liability (2nd ed. 2010 & annual supp.) Westlaw
Richard E. Flamm, Lawyer Disqualification: Disqualification of Attorneys and Law Firms (2014 & annual supp.)
KF308 .F53 2014 (2nd floor)
Lawrence Fox & Susan J. Martyn, The Ethics of Representing Organizations (annual editions) Lexis
Bennett L. Gershman, Prosecutorial Misconduct (annual editions)
KF9640 .G46 (2nd floor) Westlaw
John Wesley Hall, Jr., Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice (3rd ed. 2005 & annual supp.)
KF306 .H25 2005 (2nd floor) Westlaw
Geoffrey C. Hazard, The Law of Lawyering (4th ed. 2015 & annual supp.) Cheetah
Gregory P. Joseph, Sanctions: the Federal Law of Litigation Abuse (6th ed. 2020)
KF8887 .J66 2020 (2nd floor) Lexis
Joseph F. Lawless, Prosecutorial Misconduct (4th ed. 2008 & annual supp.) Lexis
Douglas R. Richmond et al, Professional Responsibility in Litigation (2nd ed. 2016)
KF306 .R53 2016 (2nd floor) Bloomberg Law
Ronald D. Rotunda & John S. Dzienkowski, Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (annual editions)
KF306 .R67 (2nd floor) Westlaw
Contains detailed indexing for over 1,200 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association and university publications. Includes full text for over 400 journals. Coverage: 1908 - present.
- legal ethics
- conflict of interests
- judicial ethics
- law & ethics
Selected Periodicals on Professional Responsibility & Legal Ethics
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.
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
"An independent national organization of lawyers concentrating in the fields of professional responsibility and legal ethics." -- From the website
Legal Profession Blog
A blog on legal and judicial ethics featuring reports on recent disciplinary actions.
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.