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Committee on Professional Ethics

The New York City Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics is dedicated to helping New York lawyers understand and comply with their ethical obligations.  The Committee runs the Bar Association's long-standing ethics hotline, answering questions for lawyers admitted in New York about their own prospective conduct under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. The Committee also issues formal and informal advisory opinions, which provide general guidance to New York lawyers concerning their obligations under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. The Committee’s jurisdiction is limited to interpreting the New York Rules of Professional Conduct.  We do not answer questions that require the interpretation of substantive law, including questions concerning the unlicensed practice of law.

You can learn about the obligations of membership and how to join the Committee here.

Recent Reports

Report in support of proposed new Section 523 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals authorizing the temporary practice of law in New York State by out-of-state and foreign attorneys (October 2015) ( PDF format )

A Lawyer’s Ethical Obligation to Notify Clients When Their Files Are Accidentally Destroyed (September 2015) ( PDF format )

Formal Opinion 2015-5: Whether an Attorney May Threaten to File a Disciplinary Complaint against Another Lawyer (June 2015) ( PDF format )

Formal Opinion 2015-4: Duties of Local Counsel (May 2015) ( PDF format )

For the full list of committee reports click here