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Center for Professional Responsibility

The Center for Professional Responsibility provides national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism and client protection.

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Fall 2023 National Legal Malpractice Conference

September 20-22, 2023 - Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.

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2023 National Conference on Lawyer Assistance Programs

October 3-5, 2023 - Marriott Springfield Downtown, Springfield Massachusetts.

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2023 National Lawyer Referral Workshop | November 1-4, 2023

“For the first time, the National Lawyer Referral Workshop will join with the ABA Commission on IOLTA and the State Access to Justice Chairs to bring you the all-new 2023 Forum on Building Access to Justice For All. By bringing together three distinct yet interconnected conferences, the 2023 Forum builds bridges among those striving to promote meaningful access to justice for all persons involved in the justice system, whether they be self-represented litigants unable to afford counsel, those represented by legal aid or pro bono lawyers, or those able to pay reduced or full-cost legal fees. Each individual conference will address topics of concern to local and state programs and bring together national leaders seeking to share information on resources and best practices to better serve the legal needs of their communities. In addition, special joint programming will focus on overlapping concerns. The Forum is the only program of its kind to provide educational training, unique networking opportunities, and support to the access to justice commissions, IOLTA programs, and lawyer referral programs that serve as gateways to the provision of access to justice.”. Contact Briana Morris for information at [email protected]

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You look out for your clients. We look out for you.

ABA Formal Ethics Opinions apply the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to hypotheticals helping lawyers practice ethically.

ABA Formal Ethics Opinions

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Practice Forward Amid COVID-19

Move your practice and the legal profession forward during the pandemic and beyond with continually updated tools and resources

Our Committees

Through its coordinating efforts, the Center for Professional Responsibilty promotes discussion and resolution of pressing issues of professional responsibility and regulation and fosters communication among diverse bar organizations and the various agencies that supervise and regulate the conduct of lawyers and judges.

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Awards & Scholarships

The Center for Professional Responsibility administers several awards each year that recognize individuals and entities for their efforts in furthering professional responsibility.

Center Resources

Lawyers in Transition

The ABA Center for Professional Responsibility has compiled resources to help answer common questions and identify programming and policy innovations related to end-of-career issues confronting lawyers.

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Professional Responsibility Law Speakers Bureau

The Professional Responsibility Law Speakers Bureau is a resource from the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility to those organizing conferences, workshops, continuing legal education and similar programming.

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More Center Resources

The Center for Professional Responsibility and its entities offer numerous resources relating to ethics, professionalism, client protection, professional discipline, specialization and global initiatives.

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About the Center

The Center for Professional Responsibility advances the public interest by promoting and encouraging high ethical conduct and professionalism by lawyers and judges. The Center provides leadership and guidance to the legal profession and the judiciary by developing, interpreting and promoting the implementation of policies and standards that govern the conduct and regulation of lawyers and judges, including examining the challenges and opportunities of today’s global legal environment, and by producing scholarly and other resources.

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You can play a role in ensuring that the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR) remains a premier national resource for legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism, client protection, and lawyer specialization.

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