Texas EthicsExchange

  1. Welcome to the Texas EthicsExchange, your resource to assist with your questions concerning legal ethics and professionalism in Texas. The EthicsExchange is set up in a wiki-format, and allows you to search our content or to go to our comprehensive index to find the content you are seeking. If you have suggestions, corrections, or additions, you can contact me directly by hitting the update links contained on each page. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jim McCormack
    Editor in Chief
    Law Office of James M. McCormack
    Austin, Texas

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  1. Training Law Office Staff Regarding Ethical Obligations
    Rule 5.03, Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, provides the relevant ethical obligation for a lawyer’s training and supervision of non-lawyer staff. The Rule states:With respect to a non-lawyer employed or retained by or associated with a lawyer:(a) a lawyer having direct su…
  2. Ethics for Consumer and Commercial Laws Attorneys
    Consumer and commercial law has seen much of its development in the last three or four decades. Prior to World War II, the incurring of debt (and debt financing) was viewed as a stigma (i.e., if a person was not able to pay cash, then borrowing money was frowned upon and the transaction w…
  3. Navigating the Ethics Rules: What Matters in Answering Questions about Texas Legal Ethics and Why
    1.1 Ultimate Source of the RulesThe Supreme Court of Texas promulgates the Rules by Court order.1.2 New Rule ProcessMost often, a committee appointed by either the State Bar of Texas or the Supreme Court originates drafts of new rules or revisions to existing rules. In the most recent rul…
  4. Lawyers Changing Law Firms
    The legal profession has changed significantly over the last several decades.  Among those changes has been the increased mobility of lawyers from law firm to law firm.  In prior generations, many lawyers—though certainly not all--remained at the same firm for virtually their entire caree…
  5. Test Ethics Exchange sub page
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