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Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Guide to researching legal ethics, malpractice and professional responsibility, with a focus on Missouri

Restatement of Law Governing Lawyers

Restatements are published by the American Law Institute. The Institute consists of some 4000 lawyers, judges, and law professors.  The online edition has "links to cases" citing the Restatment.

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Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers

American Law Reports

Technicaly, American Law Reports (ALR) has both primary and secondary sources of material.  It higlights representative cases and then annotates them with commentary and cross references.  If there is one on your topic, it's a goldmine of information.

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Arrows pointing out ALR Digest and Index

Select either the Digest or the Index and look for "Attorney."  For example:

Home > Secondary Sources > American Law Reports > American Law Reports Digest > Attorney & Client

Image from ALR Digest of Attorney and Client Topic

Westlaw Ethics & Professional Responsibility Texts

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Legal Malpractice Treatise on West

Recommended by class text:  Legal Malpractice by Ronald E. Mallen and Allison Martin Rhodes (last updatd Jan. 2015)

Finding Lexis Professional Responsibility Sources

Always check Missouri MOBAR CLEs as a good secondary source ...

Lexis MOBAR CLE Missouri Professional Liability

And Kansas ...

Lexis Kansas Ethics Handbook

Secondary Specialty Topic Sources

Here are a few examples of potential sources for specialty practice.  See also p. 47-48 of your text.


Other General Sources

Legal Ethics in a nutshell, Ronald D. Rotunda & Michael I. Krauss. St. Paul, MN :Thomson/West, 2006  UMKC Law Library KF306. Z9 R668 2006 (latest version is 2013, which is on order by the library).  Now available on West Academic Study Aides along with many other resources (if the link does not respond go to the library databases page).

Legal Ethics : A Legal Resource Guide, Lee F. Peoples, Buffalo, NY : W.S. Hein, 2006 UMKC Law Library KF306 .P46 2006

Legal Ethics : A Comparative Study, Geoffrey C. Hazard & Angelo Dondi, Stanford Cal., Standord Univ. Press, 2004 K123 .H39 2004