ABA/BNA Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct

The ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct is a multi-volume research and notification service, available by subscription. First published in 1984, it is the ABA's flagship publication on legal ethics.

The Lawyer's Manual's mission is to provide authoritative  guidance on professional responsibility law and malpractice to all practitioners. The publication offers over 150 chapters of in-depth analysis; full text of ABA ethics opinions, Model Rules, and Standards; summaries of ethics opinions issued by more than 60 state and local jurisdictions; and a current developments component providing the latest news and analysis of issues in the field of legal ethics.

Published by the American Bar Association and the Bloomberg BNA

ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual On Professional Conduct

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The ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct is the complete research resource in the field of professional responsibility and the most authoritative source for news and guidance on virtually every aspect of attorney conduct and legal ethics.

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Overview of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual
on Professional Conduct

The Lawyers' Manual has three components: Current Reports, the Reference Manual, and Ethics Opinions.

Current Reports: issued biweekly; index issued every 4 months. Current Reports offers a topically indexed guide to new opinions as they are issued by courts, disciplinary agencies, and ethics committees, and it reports on legislative and administrative developments as well as conferences on professional responsibility. Current Reports is ideal for circulation among members of a law office.
Reference Manual: updated monthly. The Reference Manual thoroughly analyzes all subjects that come under the umbrella topic of legal ethics and presents extensive research in an easily accessible format.

Sections Include:

Model Standards

ABA Model Rules (full text) and related Standards and Codes
State Ethics Rules (citations to rules and comparison charts)


Qualifications for the Practice of Law
Lawyer-Client Relationship
Client Funds and Property
Conflicts of Interest
Trial Conduct
Obligations to Third Persons
Advertising and Solicitation
Types of Practice
Misconduct and Discipline
Regulation of the Bar

Ethics Opinions

The Lawyers' Manual offers the only national collection of digests of state and local ethics opinions on matters of professional responsibility. The digests are brief synopses organized by jurisdiction and indexed by topic for efficiency in research. In addition to digests of ethics opinions from over 65 submitting entities, the Manual contains full texts of recent ABA ethics opinions from 1980 forward.

Lawyer's Manual Staff

Ellen J. Bennett
Managing Editor

Helen W. Gunnarsson
Assistant Editor

Nancy Kisicki
Assistant Editor