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Attorney code of ethics

Bartlett, TN |

Are attorneys suppose to report other attorneys they know have either broke laws or have broken an attorneys code of ethics such as illegal drug use, not divulging conflicts of interest, affairs with other attorneys, judges, or court officers, etc.

Attorney Answers 3


  1. The answer is, generally yes. Attorneys are required to report to the Board of Professional Responsibilty any ethical violations they become aware of. Illegal drug use may or may not be an ethical violation despite being against the law. However, if an attorney is having an affair with a judge or lawyer that is involved in the same case, that could be an ethical violation. Conflicts of interests should be reported. If you have such information, you may report it to the Board of Professional Responsibility.

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  2. If an attorney sees another attorney violating an ethical rule, yes that attorney is required to report him. Not everything is a violation of an ethical rule though. For example, while a speeding ticket is technically a crime, no one is required to report an attorney to the ethics board for that.

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  3. The first two lawyers who answered gave you the "correct" answer. As a practical matter lawyers don't like to make enemies of other lawyers and even aside from that, it would be extremely embarrassing to report another lawyer to the bar and then find out that your information was faulty. So, I am sure a lot of misconduct is not reported to the state bar.