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Committee on Professional Ethics

The New York City Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics fulfills three main duties. It runs the Bar Association's long standing ethics hotline, answering questions for practitioners about their own prospective conduct under the applicable New York Rules of Professional Conduct. It issues informal written opinions to individual practitioners who write in with ethics questions that lend themselves to lengthier answers. The Committee also issues a number of formal opinions to guide practitioners, as a public service to the profession.

Recent Reports

Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Contemplating Business Arrangements with Non-Legal Organizations - Formal Opinion 2014-1 ( PDF ) 

“Of Counsel” Designation for New York Attorney Practicing Law in a Foreign Country (Formal Opinion 2013-3) ( PDF ) 

Formal Opinion 2013-2: A lawyer’s obligation to take action if, after the conclusion of a proceeding, the lawyer comes to know that material evidence offered by the lawyer, the lawyer’s client or a witness called by the lawyer during the proceeding was false
( PDF )

For the full list of committee reports click here

Related CLEs

4/29: Current Legal Ethical Issues with Professor Stephen Gillers