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As of March 1, 2013, the Legal Information Institute is no longer maintaining the information in the American Legal Ethics Library. It is no longer possible for us to maintain it at a level of completeness and accuracy given its staffing needs. It is very possible that we will revive it at a future time. At this point, it is in need of a complete technological renovation and reworking of the "correspondent firm" model which successfully sustained it for many years.

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Oregon Code of Professional Conduct

[This edition, compiled by the LII editors, has a cutoff date of June 1, 2002.]

Preamble, Scope, and Terminology

Part 1: Client-Lawyer Relationship

  • Rule 1.1: Competence
  • Rule 1.2: Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer
  • Rule 1.3: Diligence
  • Rule 1.4: Communication
  • Rule 1.5: Fees
  • Rule 1.6: Confidentiality of Information
  • Rule 1.7: Conflict of Interest: Current Clients
  • Rule 1.8: Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules
  • Rule 1.9: Duties to Former Client
  • Rule 1.10: Imputation of Conflict of Interest; Screening
  • Rule 1.11: Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers and Employees
  • Rule 1.12: Former Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator, or Other Third-Party Neutral
  • Rule 1.13: Organization as Client
  • Rule 1.14: Client with Diminished Capacity
  • Rule 1.15: Safekeeping Property; IOLTA Accounts
  • Rule 1.16: Declining or Terminating Representation
  • Rule 1.17: Sale of Law Practice
  • Rule 1.18: Duties to Prospective Client

Part 2: Advisor

Part 3: Advocate

  • Rule 3.1: Meritorious Claims and Contentions
  • Rule 3.2: [RESERVED]
  • Rule 3.3: Candor Towards the Tribunal
  • Rule 3.4: Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
  • Rule 3.5: Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal
  • Rule 3.6: Trial Publicity
  • Rule 3.7: Lawyer as Witness
  • Rule 3.8: Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor
  • Rule 3.9: Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings

Part 4: Transactions with Persons Other than Client

  • Rule 4.1: Truthfulness in Statements to Others
  • Rule 4.2: Communication with Person Represented by Counsel
  • Rule 4.3: Dealing with Unrepresented Persons
  • Rule 4.4: Respect for the Rights of Third Persons; Inadvertantly Sent Documents

Part 5: Law Firms and Associations

  • Rule 5.1: Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, Supervisory Lawyers
  • Rule 5.2 : Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer
  • Rule 5.3: Responsibilities of Nonlawyer Assistants
  • Rule 5.4: Professional Independence of a Lawyer
  • Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice
  • Rule 5.6: Restrictions on the Right to Practice
  • Rule 5.7: [RESERVED]

Part 6: Public Service

  • Rule 6.1 : [RESERVED]
  • Rule 6.2 : [RESERVED]
  • Rule 6.3 : Membership in Legal Services Organization
  • Rule 6.4 : Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
  • Rule 6.5 : Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs

Part 7: Advertising

Part 8: Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession

  • Rule 8.1 : Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
  • Rule 8.2 : Judicial and Legal Officials
  • Rule 8.3: Reporting Professional Misconduct
  • Rule 8.4: Misconduct
  • Rule 8.5: Disciplinary Authority
  • Rule 8.6: Written Advisory Opinions on Professional Conduct; Consideration Given in Disciplinary Proceedingst