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Selected print and online resources on legal ethics.
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SCOPE:  This research guide is not all-inclusive.  It does, however, present resources available at the California Western library and online regarding issues of professional responsibility.  It is designed to provide the researcher with guidance as to the location of materials dealing with this subject.  Additional research can be conducted by using the KIM system, legal periodical indices, and other finding aids.  Access to licensed databases is limited to students and faculty at California Western.  We welcome suggestions for improvement on this and other research guides.  Please consult the Reference Librarian with suggestions and further research questions.  This research guide was originally compiled June 2008 and was most recently revised in July 2010.

NOTE ON INTERNET:  Internet site addresses change frequently.  Accordingly, some of the sites noted throughout this research guide may no longer exist under the addresses provided.  To locate changed addresses, search for the page title using an Internet search engine such as Google (





California practice guide. Professional responsibility Encino, CA : The Rutter Group, 1997-
Location:  Reserve--Permanent
Call No.:  KFC76.5.A2 C36 1997 


California compendium on professional responsibility  [San Francisco] : The State Bar of California, 1983-
Location:  Reserve-Permanent
Call. No.:  KFC76.5.A2 S72 


David M. Rothman, California judicial conduct handbook, 3rd ed.  [St. Paul, Minn.] : Published by West Group for the California Judges Association, c2007.
Location:  4th Floor
Call No.: 
KFC980 .C35 2007


Richard C. Wydick, Rex R. Perschbacher, Debra Lyn Bassett, California Legal Ethics, 7th ed.  St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, c2010.
Location:  Course Reserves
Call No.: 
KFC76.5.A2 W85 2010


California State Bar Court Reporter
Location:  Reserve-Permanent
Call No.: 
KFC76.5.A2 A49 

California compendium on professional responsibility
Location:  Reserve-Permanent
Call No.: 
KFC76.5.A2 S72



California Lawyer
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals & 2nd Floor Microform Room [Hein’s Bar Journal Service]


San Diego Lawyer
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals



The Guiding hand: ethical dilemmas in estate planning   Albany, CA (1136 Evelyn Ave., Albany 94706) : Ginzberg Video Productions, [1996?]
Location:  Reserve-Video
Call No. : KFC195.Z9 G84


Pulp ethics: criminal lawyers' ethical dilemmas (1995)
Location:  Reserve-Video
Call No.: 
KFC76.5.A2 P85





State Bar of California
--Rules of Professional Conduc
--Ethics Opinions:

California Lawyer
--Discipline Report:

San Diego County Bar Association, Legal Ethics Opinions,

Cornell University Law School, California Legal Ethics, 

UCLA School of Law, California Legal Ethics,   


California State Case Law & Ethics Opinions 
Filename:  CAETH

National Reporter on Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility: California
Filename:  CAETOP




State Bar of Arizona,


ASU Law School, Arizona Practice Materials,


Cornell University Law School, Arizona Legal Ethics

Jacqueline Kasper, A Guide to Arizona Practice
Materials at the College of Law Library

Arizona Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility [WESTLAW]

Arizona State Case Law & Ethics Opinions

Filename:  AZETH



State Bar of Nevada,


Cornell University Law School, Nevada Legal Ethics Materials,



General Jurisdiction--General Legal Ethics


William H. Fortune, Richard H. Underwood, & Edward J. Imwinkelried, Modern litigation and professional responsibility handbook : the limits of zealous advocacy (2001)

Location:  4th Floor
Call No.: 
KF306 .F67 2001

Geoffrey C. Hazard, et al., The law of lawyering (2001)

Location:  4th Fl.
Call No.: 
KF306 .H33 2001


Thomas D. Morgan, Ronald D. Rotunda, Model code of professional responsibility, Model rules of professional conduct, and other selected standards including California rules on professional responsibility (2008)

Location:  4th Fl.
Call No.: 
KF305 .A195  2008

Thomas D. Morgan, Lawyer law:  comparing the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct with the ALI Restatement Third of the Law Governing Lawyers (2005)

Location:  4th Floor
Call No.:  KF306 .M667 2005

Ronald D. Rotunda, Legal Ethics in a Nutshell (2007)

Location:  Reserve-Nutshells
Call No.:
306.Z9 R67 2007


Restatement of the Law:  The Law Governing Lawyers

Location:  Reserve-Permanent & 2nd Floor
Call No.:  KF 308 .R48 2000


ABA, Formal and Informal Ethics Opinions


·         Reserve-Permanent  [Title:  Recent Ethics Opinions; Call No. KF305 .A2]

·         Past opinions from 1983:  4th Floor; Call No. KF305 .A2 2000 

·         Also available on Westlaw; DB Identifier:  ABA-ETHOP


Rodney A. Smolla, Law of lawyer advertising (2006)

Location:  4th Fl.
Call No. :
KF310.A3 S64 2006


Richard A. Zitrin, Carol M. Langford, & Nina W. Tarr, Legal ethics in the practice of law (2007)

Location:  Course Reserves
Call No.: 
KF306 .Z57 2007


Richard Zitrin, Carol M. Langford, Kevin E. Mohr, Legal ethics:  rules, statutes and comparisons (2010)

Location:  Course Reserves
Call No.
KF306 .Z56 2010



Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals


Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals


ABA Journal
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals; Microform Room; Hein Online



ABA Center for Professional Responsibility

ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability

ABA/BNA Lawyers Manual of Professional Conduct  [CWSL only]

ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Cornell Law School, American Legal Ethics Library

Georgia State University School of Law, Professional Responsibility:  Sample Questions

CALI Lessons on Professional Responsibility
 [Obtain password from the Reference Desk]


ABA/BNA Lawyers  Manual on Professional Conduct (Multibase)
--Includes full text of ABA ethics opinions beginning in 1986.

ABA Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct


ABA Codes & Ethics Opinions Combined
Filename:  ETHICS

Ethics Cases, All States
Filename:  COURTS


Patrick Emery Longan, Ethics and expert witnesses (2003)
Location:  Reserve-Videos
Call No.: 
KF8961.A75 L54 2003

Multijurisdictional practice (2001)
Location:  Reserve-Videos
Call No.: 
KF310 .M839 2001

Professional pitfalls:  resolving common ethical dilemmas (2001)
Location:  Reserve-Videos
Call No.: 
KF306 .J67 2001



General Jurisdiction--Specialized Areas


Sabino (Rod) Rodriguez III & Robert Knuts, Representing the public company : a post-Sarbanes-Oxley governance paradigm for in-house lawyers and outside counsel (2004)Location:  4th Floor
Call No. : 
KF1423 .R62 2004


John Wesley Hall, Jr, Professional responsibility in criminal defense practice, 3rd ed. (2005)
Location:  4th Floor
Call No.:
KF306 .H27 2005



Criminal Justice Ethics
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals; Hein Online


FDCC [Federal of Defense and Corporate Counsel] Quarterly
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals


Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals: Blackwell Synergy


Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics
Location:  3rd Floor Periodicals; Hein Online



Neil W. Hamilton, Understanding the Intersection of Business and Legal Ethics (2004),
available at 

Thomas E. Spahn, Sarbanes-Oxley and Whistleblowing by Corporate Attorneys: The Untold Story (2003), available at

Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics

Ken Strutin, Criminal Justice Ethics Sources on the Internet (2005),
available at

Office of the Attorney General (CA), Ethics Orientation for State Officials (2007), available at

United States Office of Government Ethics


Judicial Conduct


James J. Alfini, et al., Judicial Conduct and Ethics (2007)
Location:  4th Fl.
Call No. : KF8779 .S47 2007 


Model Code of Judicial Conduct (2007)
Location:  Reserve-Permanent
Call No.:  KF8779 .A936 2007



American Judicature Society

U.S. Courts, Judicial Ethics and Conduct

California Code of Judicial Ethics


Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)


Alex Ruskell, Strategies and Tactics for the MPRE (2009)
Location:  Reserve-Bar Study Aids
Call No.: KF306.Z9 W35 2009


Supreme Bar Review : MPRE review lecture outline & released MPRE questions with answer key (2006)
Location:  Reserve-Bar Study Aids
Call No.: 
KF303 .S67 2006



National Conference of Bar Examiners: MPRE

Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries, MPRE Research Guide,

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