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End-of-life notice: American Legal Ethics Library

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.

Many people have contributed time and effort to the project over the years, and we would like to thank them. In particular, Roger Cramton and Peter Martin not only conceived ALEL but gave much of their own labor to it. We are also grateful to Brad Wendel for his editorial contributions, to Brian Toohey and all at Jones Day for their efforts, and to all of our correspondents and contributors. Thank you.

We regret any inconvenience.

Some portions of the collection may already be severely out of date, so please be cautious in your use of this material.

More About the American Legal Ethics Library

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The narratives and primary material that comprise the core American Legal Ethics Library are structured to function as an integrated collection. All elements of the Library can be the subject of a full text search or entered via a table of contents, but each element is also linked to the rest of the collection in multiple ways permitting a user to track a specific issue or point from code to commentary in a single jurisdiction or vice-versa and to follow that same question into materials covering other jurisdictions. For example, a user interested in California's treatment of a conflict of interest question can readily find the appropriate code provisions, follow a link from them to the related portions of the explanatory state narrative that discuss relevant authorities, and through the narrative access comparable sections in the ABA Model Rules or Code or the legal ethics codes of other states.

Sponsorship and Editorial Coordination

Financial support from the W. M. Keck Foundation, has made possible the initial organization, coordination, and distribution of this digital library on legal and judicial ethics. The project began under the editorial leadership of Roger C. Cramton, the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell. Professor Brad Wendell now succeeds him as Editor-in-Chief.