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One of the primary functions of TCLE is to furnish resources and materials to assist in Malpractice and Grievance Prevention. The following are the most frequently referenced rules and guidelines for lawyers and legal professionals in Texas.

Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

(Tex. Disciplinary R. Prof. Conduct, (1989) reprinted in Tex. Govt Code Ann., tit. 2, subtit. G, app. (Vernon Supp. 1995)(State Bar Rules art X [[section]]9))

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ABA Model of Rules of Professional Conduct

Adopted by the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates in 1983, the Model Rules serve as the basis for ethics rules of most states.

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Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure

(Tex. R. Disciplinary P., reprinted in Tex. Govt Code Ann,. tit. 2, subtit. G app. (Vernon Supp. 1995)

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Texas Lawyer's Creed

A “Mandate for Professionalism” issued in 1989 by the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Texas Code of Judicial Conduct

The Code of Conduct for the Texas Judiciary as directed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

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Guidelines for Mediators

Issued by the Supreme Court of Texas to govern behavior of mediators (as amended June 1, 2011).

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Texas Standards for Appellate Conduct

Issued by the Supreme Court of Texas to govern behavior in Appellate matters.

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Code of Conduct for Supreme Court Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys

Issued by the Supreme Court of Texas to govern behavior of Law Clerks and Staff Attorneys.

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Code of Ethics for Paralegals

The Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas

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Gender Courtroom Procedures

The Texas Supreme Court’s Guidelines for Practicing Gender Neutral Courtroom Procedures

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