Lawyer Ethics & Regulation

LAWYER REGULATION

ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 was created in 2009 to address technology and global practice changes facing U.S. lawyers.

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The Future is Here: Globalization and the Regulation of the Legal Profession

On May 26-31, 2009 in Chicago, state supreme court chief justices from twenty-three jurisdictions and invited guests participated in The Future is Here: Globalization and the Regulation of the Legal Profession, sponsored by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and the Georgetown Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.

Conference Materials | ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct Article

National Lawyer Regulatory Data Bank

The only national repository of information concerning public disciplinary sanctions imposed against lawyers throughout the United States. Name Search and Statistic Check and Statistical Research Reports are available for a fee.

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Directory of State Disciplinary Agencies

Contact information for state, federal government, U.S. Armed Services, U.S. territory, and some foreign disciplinary agencies.

GATS/International Agreements

The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) applies to all trade in services, including legal services. In August 2006, ABA House of Delegates voted to adopt Report and Recommendation 105 submitted by the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline regarding General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) disciplines on domestic regulation. The policies: (1) support the efforts of the U.S. Trade Representative to encourage the development of transparency disciplines on domestic regulation in response to Article VI (4) of the GATS requiring the development of "any necessary disciplines" to be applicable to service providers; and (2) support the U.S. Trade Representative's participation in the development of additional disciplines on domestic regulation that are: (a) "necessary" within the meaning of Article VI (4) of the GATS; and (b) do not unreasonably impinge on the regulatory authority of the states' highest courts of appellate jurisdiction over the legal profession in the United States.

Prior to the adoption of Report 105, the ABA lacked specific policies about GATS disciplines on domestic regulation that would enable it to provide requested advice to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Because of the important interests at stake for the legal profession in the GATS negotiations, the Standing Committee felt that it was essential that the ABA adopt such policies to ensure that the USTR receives the benefit of the Association's expertise as its trade negotiators work within the WTO to develop any disciplines.

For the text of Report and Recommendation 105 and more information about GATS, including background information, commentary and updates about the negotiations between the countries, including the United States, that are subject to the agreement as members of the World Trade Organization.

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