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In the months since the Enron Corp. accounting scandal exploded, questions about business ethics have become the topic of national debate. While there are plenty of gray areas for many executives, lawyers have a slightly easier time sorting through these dilemmas. Bound by strict codes of conduct, almost everything they do — from counseling clients to marketing law firms — must conform to prescribed standards. Here are some Web sites that offer a refresher course on attorney ethics. CONDUCT CODES Conduct codes and ethics opinions from a majority of states are available on the Web, and a growing number of sites bring perspective to these standards. One of the best is the American Legal Ethics Library, www.law.cornell.edu/ethics, from Cornell’s Legal Information Institute. This digital library contains the full text or links to the professional-conduct codes of most U.S. states, as well as the American Bar Association’s model code. In addition, major law firms contribute narratives on professional conduct law in their respective states, with 16 states and the District of Columbia covered so far. The library’s materials are organized by both state and topic, and all are fully searchable. Each element of the library is linked to the rest of the collection in multiple ways, permitting a user to track a specific issue from code to commentary in a single jurisdiction and to follow the same question into materials from other jurisdictions. Many of the profession’s most cutting-edge ethics issues are addressed at the Web site of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, www.abanet.org/cpr/home.html, whose mission is to provide “national leadership and vision in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal ethics.” Its sections on multidisciplinary practice and multijurisdictional practice are among the best resources on these topics anywhere on the Web. Its ethics section includes the full text of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, annotated with comments and comparisons to the Model Code, as well as summaries of recent opinions of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. One resource not available through the ABA site is the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual On Professional Conduct. It is, however, available from BNA, www.bna.com/products/lit/mopc.htm, which publishes a Web version identical in content to the print manual. It requires a paid subscription, but BNA offers a two-week free trial. Subscribers receive reports every two weeks, with e-mail alerts summarizing the highlights and linking to full-text articles and documents on the Web. Subscribers also get access to an archive of articles dating to 1998. ETHICS & THE NET Legalethics.com, a site of consistently high quality since its creation in 1995, at www.legalethics.com, is devoted to helping legal professionals understand the unique ethical issues raised by the Internet. Its most useful service is in tracking and publishing state and local ethics rulings related to the Internet. The site maintains a comprehensive collection of links to ethics-related articles, other ethics sites, state ethics boards, and related research sources. It provides basic information on each state’s ethics agency and conduct rules and provides links to full-text rules and opinions. FOLKSIER VIEW For a folksier view of legal ethics, read McLean, Va., lawyer Stephen Comiskey’s free, online book, “A Good Lawyer,” located at www.agoodlawyer.com. Subtitled “Secrets Good Lawyers [and Their Best Clients] Already Know,” it is full of nuggets of wisdom such as, “Lawyers are the custodians of the ideals of our society” and “A trial is theater with consequences.” Download the book or read it online. Next, the American Judicature Society, found at www.ajs.org, is involved in promoting judicial ethics education as well as a fair and effective system of judicial discipline. Among the resources available through its Web site are a national directory of judicial conduct organizations, a clearinghouse service for data concerning judicial discipline, and descriptions of courses available through its National College on Judicial Conduct and Ethics. QUARTERLY UPDATES The Law Office Hornbook, at www.hornbook.com/index.htm, is the online version of a quarterly periodical that focuses on malpractice avoidance, firm management and professional liability. The bars of Virginia, Hawaii, New Mexico and Arizona sponsor it as part of their risk management service. A national organization of lawyers concentrating in the fields of professional responsibility and legal ethics, members of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, www.aprl.net, include professors, bar counsel, legal malpractice litigators, in-house law firm ethics counsel and the like. For non-members, the sole reason to visit the site is its thorough library of links, which include state ethics codes, ethics opinions, bar associations and other sites related to ethics of malpractice. SPOTLIGHT ON VIRGINIA Two Virginia lawyers have separately created useful resources on legal ethics. Thomas Spahn, a lawyer in the McLean office of McGuireWoods, has single-handedly summarized and categorized more than 1,500 ethics opinions from Virginia and the ABA and made them available to the public through Legal Ethics Opinion Summaries, located at www.mcguirewoods.com/services/leo. Summaries are in a database that can be searched by keywords, and also organized under topic headings. James McCauley, a lawyer in Richmond and ethics counsel for the Virginia State Bar, is also a prolific writer of articles concerning legal ethics, several of which he has included on his personal Web site, Legal Ethics in Virginia, found at members.aol.com/jmccauesq/ethics. The articles look at lawyers and the Internet, multidisciplinary practice, unauthorized practice, doctors and lawyers, Chinese walls and more. Members of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, www.nobc.org, might be considered the law enforcement officers of legal ethics. The highlight of NOBC’s site is its semi-annual compilation of ethics cases. For its twice-yearly meetings, the NOBC prepares summaries of new court cases and ethics opinions involving attorney discipline. Summaries for 1996�2001 are available, with each summary’s digests organized by topic. The site also includes the complete staff roster of every state ethics agency and a collection of links to notable ethics sites. Robert J. Ambrogi wrote “The Essential Guide to the Best (and Worst) Legal Sites on the Web”

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