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Purpose of Ethics Opinions: Proactive Approach to help Resolve Ethical Dilemmas
Committee/Opinion responds to inquiries regarding application of professional rules to proposed actions; of general interest to all practitioners
New Mexico Ethics Opinions
◦Comprised of & serves members of the State Bar.
◦Can be involved in submitting proposed Revisions to New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct.
◦Reviews each ABA formal ethics opinion.
ABA Ethics Opinions
- Persuasive authority.
- Opinions meant to address a wide audience.
- Advisory and not binding on any court.
- ABA Informal opinions in contrast are specific to a unique factual situation.
- Show how ABA interprets Model Rules.
Westlaw for Law Schools
Comprehensive source of primary and secondary legal research resources; includes access to TWEN web courses. UNM law faculty, staff, and students--please speak with a Librarian if you need password assistance.
In Westlaw go to Secondary Resources then to filter Topics and choose Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
LexisNexis for Law Schools
Comprehensive source of primary and secondary legal research resources; includes access to Lexis web courses.
In Lexis go to Practice Area or Industry and choose Legal Ethics.
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