The following links reflect sites that we believe offer important content for anyone researching Texas legal malpractice and ethical issues. We are always looking for new resources. If you have suggestions for additional sites or know that one of our sources is outdated, please contact us.
Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
TCLEP is a non-profit center funded in large
part by the Texas Bar Foundation. Resources on this site include the Texas
Disciplinary Rules, Ethics Opinions, A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, the
Ethics Course, and other Texas specific materials. This a thorough collection
of relevant Texas ethics materials, though some recent opinions are not yet posted.
University of Houston Texas Ethics Reporter
This site includes Texas Disciplinary Rules of Conduct and Procedure, as well as Ethics Opinions, and includes prior versions of the rules.
Judges Ethics Information
The Code of Judicial Conduct and Judicial Ethics Opinions are available
online at http://www.courts.state.tx.us/Judethics/judethics-home.asp.
Information on laws affecting judicial candidates are available at
Cornell Legal Information Institute, Legal Ethics
This site includes information regarding ethical and malpractice rules
relating to Texas. Of particular note is
the American Legal Ethics Library Narrative for Texas, which was prepared by
the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins. This is a searchable discussion of
the law of BOTH malpractice and ethics in the state of Texas-we found it to be
very up to date when reviewed in January 2000. Don't be fooled when the first
thing that comes up in the outline is Texas legal ethics, they do have the law
of malpractice included in the Narrative. Links from this page also allow search
of other states' law on legal malpractice and ethics. The ABA Model Rules of
Professional Conduct are available at http://www2.law.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/foliocgi.exe/modelrules/ on this site.
Law Practice Management Program of the State Bar of Texas
The Law Practice Management Program, part of texasbarcle.com, has as its goal facilitating law firm
management-the details not taught in law school. The program includes both
seminars and office consultations. Books and videos available are described on
the site. The resources section of the site includes a number of pamphlets on
various law firm administration topics. Many of these pamphlets, such as
How to Document Client Expenses and Attorney's Fees, are directly relevant
to malpractice prevention. A links page connects to a number of sites that focus
on law firm management.
ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability
The Standing Committee offers a number of important resources for attorneys
interested in lawyers professional liability and insurance. A number of
materials can be
purchased online, including The Lawyer's Desk Guide to Legal Malpractice.
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
The Center for Professional Responsibility coordinates most of the ABA's
activities regarding legal ethics. There are usually a couple of commissions or
subcommittee working on hot topics, and they will have links on this page.
There are some free and some paid resources available from the site. Summaries
of relatively recent ABA Formal Opinions are included on the site.
This website focuses on ethical aspects of the use of technology by lawyers.
Legal Ethics Forum
This is a blog by law professors who specialize in legal ethics, and provides a good source for current news on ethics.
William Freivogel's Conflicts Website
This website collects cases on conflicts issues in an easy to use format.
TLIE is a member of the National Association of Bar Related Insurance Companies. The websites for the companies often provide valuable loss prevention advice and forms. If you are an attorney from a state other than Texas, you may want to check with these companies for professional liability and other types of insurance.
eLawyering Task Force
This ABA sponsored site provides a variety of useful information about both
the mechanics and ethics of providing legal services over the Internet,
including confidentiality, advertising, and unauthorized practice of law issues.