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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

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

Formal Opinion 2015-3: LAWYERS WHO FALL VICTIM TO INTERNET SCAMS (April 22) ( PDF format )

Professional Employer Organization: Use by a law firm of a Professional Employer Organization (February 2015) ( PDF )

For the full list of committee reports click here