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Regulation of the Legal Profession
The regulation of lawyers’ conduct is largely based on a set of rules of professional conduct established by the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Model Rules) have since been adopted by most states.
Development of an Ethical Code of Conduct
In 1908, the American Bar Association (ABA) drafted the Canons of Professional Ethics in order to govern the ethical conduct of its member lawyers and articulate the acceptable behavior that a lawyer must or should exhibit when interacting with clients, other lawyers, and the courts. A violation of the canons subjected a lawyer to discipline up to and including disbarment.
States Adopt the Rules
By 1969, the ABA promulgated the Model Code of Professional Responsibility. However, many lawyers complained that the rules contained in the code were too complex, too complicated to understand, and focused too much on litigation. In response, the ABA replaced the Model...