There are many resources available about legal ethics, professional responsibility and the discipline system. You just have to work a little bit to get to them. The links below will connect you to useful information that you need to know. Every attorney must read and understand the Rules of Professional Conduct and the relevant statutes of the Business and Professions Code.
This is the agency within the judicial branch that serves as the arm of the California Supreme Court in admissions and attorney discipline for the protection of the public; many resources here.
- California Rules of Professional Conduct A “must-read” for California lawyers
- The State Bar Act (Bus. & Prof. Code section 6000 et seq.) The other main source of ethical rules for California lawyers
- State Bar Formal Ethics Opinions Valuable guidance in many ethical areas
- Mandatory Fee Arbitration Advisories Useful information on the law of attorney fees
- Moral Character Determination Forms and information
The State Bar Court The adjudication arm of The State Bar of California
Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC) The bar association for attorneys who represent attorneys and applicants in The State Bar proceedings in California
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) National bar association for lawyers working in the law of lawyering
The mission of the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is to support recovering attorneys in their rehabilitation and competent practice of the law, enhance public protection and maintain the integrity of the legal profession. The program aids attorneys struggling with substance use, mental health concerns, stress, burnout and other issues impacting their productivity. The LAP supports attorneys in returning to an optimum level of professional practice.
The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers and judges throughout the state, dedicated to assisting others within the profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems. We are a private, nonprofit corporation. Our organization is founded on the principle of anonymity and provides services in strict confidentiality. The program is voluntary and open to all California lawyers, judges and law students. Our consultants and volunteers stand ready to assist their colleagues in all areas of recovery.
One-third or more of lawyers suffer depression. This website provides resources and support for lawyers with depression.
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