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About Us

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. These efforts seek to assure that lawyers and judges perform their duties in a manner that advances respect for the rule of law, the legal process, the legal profession and the judiciary.

Created in 1978, the Center has provided national leadership and vision in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism, client protection, and lawyer specialty certification. For a complete list of historical dates and events see Landmark Dates in the History of Professional Responsibility.


  1. Resources for Center members
  2. Resources for the public
  3. ABA Mission and Goals

Enitites and Affiliated Organizations