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Even attorneys require legal counsel during their times of need. If you have been charged with breaching your client-attorney privilege, fraud, negligence, or another major violation that could end your career or cause you to be disbarred, contact an experienced professional responsibility defense attorney today for immediate help. The ethical code of conduct set out by the American Bar Association is not only vast, but difficult to understand at times. While you may have unknowingly breached the code of ethics, you still need legal representation to ensure that the highest form of punishment is not granted. Contact the Clearwater law office of Roman & Roman today to speak with one of our Clearwater professional responsibility defense attorneys.

The Model Code of Professional Responsibility

The Model Code of Professional Responsibility was adopted in 1969 by the American Bar Association. Within the code lies the ethical foundation upon which all attorneys must base their practice. There are nine canons in the Ethical Code, as stated in Cornell Law. :

  • Canon One: A Lawyer Should Assist in Maintaining the Integrity and Competence of the Legal Profession;
  • Canon Two: A Lawyer Should Assist the Legal Profession in Fulfilling its Duty to Make Legal Counsel Available;
  • Canon Three: A Lawyer Should Assist in Preventing the Unauthorized Practice of Law;
  • Canon Four: A Lawyer Should Preserve the Confidences and Secrets of a Client;
  • Canon Five: A Lawyer Should Exercise Independent Professional Judgment on Behalf of a Client;
  • Canon Six: A Lawyer Should Represent a Client Competently;
  • Canon Seven A Lawyer Should Represent a Client Zealously Within the Bounds of the Law;
  • Canon Eight: A Lawyer Should Assist in Improving the Legal System; and
  • Canon Nine: A Lawyer Should Avoid Even the Appearance of Professional Impropriety.

The canons lay out the groundwork for the legal system’s continuing high standard of ethnicity, ranging from Canon Seven’s zealous representation within the boundary of the law to Canon Four’s preservation of client secrets and confidence. Even breaching Canon One, which ensures the maintenance of integrity and competence of new attorneys is a serious violation. For example, the first three of the six ethical considerations of Canon One are as follows:

  • EC 1-1 states that every person in society has the right to an independent attorney with integrity and competence, which every attorney must maintain and improve upon.
  • EC 1-2 describes that lawyers have the obligation to ensure that others who practice the law have the same standards of high ethicality and competence. Attorneys should assist the court in seeking out those that do not have the necessary education, moral standards, or other required substances to give their clients a fair chance. Attorneys must help the bar improve requirements for admission.
  • EC 1-3 provides that lawyers need to satisfy themselves that the applicant “is of good moral character” before recommending an applicant for admission. If unfavorable information on the applicant exists, the lawyer should report to the proper officials.

If you have been charged with breaking the code of ethics, be it breaching client-attorney privilege, poor communication with your client, taking unethical orders from above, committing a crime of moral turpitude, fraud, or other serious offenses, call the Clearwater law offices of Roman & Roman today at 877-767-1032 to speak with an experienced professional responsibility defense attorney.


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