Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Ethics are standards adopted by a professional community such as lawyers, architects, accounts and doctors. Ethics deals with questions and conduct that fall into the “gray area” and attempts to draw a clear line to help lawyers and professionals ensure that their conduct always falls on the side that is proper and appropriate. Legal ethics refer to codes of conduct for lawyers and, with regard to non-lawyers who may work with attorneys and law firms, a set of codes of professional responsibility. Each state or jurisdiction creates its own code of professional conduct which may be adopted by state legislatures and even judicial systems. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct which was created by the American Bar Association has been most influential. Ethics issues general cover the attorney-client relationship, duties of an attorney to a client and dealings with third parties, public service requirements, attorney advertising as well as maintaining the appearance of integrity within the legal profession.