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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Research: New York

Guide to sources on how to conduct legal research in legal ethics and professional responsibility, including New York.


Researching professional responsibility issues is like researching for many other legal issues. Identify your issues first and then identify the relevant statutes, case law, and secondary sources.

"The New York Code of Professional conduct has been revised several times since it was first adopted in 1970. On December 16, 2008, the Administrative Board of the New York Courts announced that on April 1, 2009 New York would replace all of the existing Disciplinary Rules and Definitions in the New York Code of Professional Responsibility with the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. The new rules are heavily based on the language of the code, which relied substantially on the Disciplinary Rules and the Ethical Considerations." Roy D. Simon, Comparing the New York Rules of Professional Conduct to the New York Code of Professional Responsibility 2 (2009)..

New York Primary Law

NY Case Law is available on Lexis Advance and Westlaw. 

Set jurisdictional and topical filters before search or filter by jurisdiction and topic after search.  

Statutes and NYCRR available in print, on Westlaw, Lexis and online:  

In New York, the Judiciary law sets out basic requirements governing the conduct of lawyers and judges, but more so it enables the New York Courts to promulgate rules and regulations governing the conduct of lawyers and judges, which are part of the NYCRR. 

In Print: McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York - Judiciary Act (22 NYCRR, Part 1200 et seq.)

New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (Title 22: Judiciary)
Laws of New York online - Judiciary

Westlaw: Browse > State Materials > New York > Statutes and New York Regulations are listed 

Lexis Advance: add NY Jurisdiction to search as a filter and/or set content type to statutes and rules and regulations

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New York State Bar Association

New York Ethics Opinions in Print

The following are compilations of ethical opinions in New York State. 

Full text of ethics opinions from the New York State Bar Committee on Professional Ethics and local bar associations are collected in print and online. These opinions are advisory and are issued only to attorneys concerning their own proposed conduct, not past conduct or the conduct of another attorney. 

New York Ethics Opinions Online

New York State Ethics Opinions are available on Lexis, Westlaw, and online. 

Lexis Advance
Legal Ethics opinions are available for the following jurisdictions: ABA Formal and Informal ethics opinions, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, IL, IN, KS, MI, MS, MT, NE, NY and NYC bar, OH, OK, TN, TX, VA, WA

Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Ethics & Professional Responsibility, which includes ABA Etchis Materials and Ethics & Professional Responsibility Form Finder