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.

Ethics in View

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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46th ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility

Join us June 2-4, 2021 for the 46th ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility virtual meeting.

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36th ABA National Forum on Client Protection

Join us on June 4, 2021 for the 36th ABA National Forum on Client Protection virtual forum.

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Spring 2021 National Legal Malpractice Conference

On April 14 - 15, 2021 the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability will host the Spring 2021 National Legal Malpractice Virtual Conference.

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Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship

Building synergies with diverse bar associations

Applications for the 2021 Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship are now being accepted.

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Center Awards

Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the 2021 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award are now being accepted.

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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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