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New York Lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility

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

Disciplinary Rule 1 - Maintaining the Integrity and Competence of the Legal Profession

  • DR 1-101: Misconduct in Application for Admission
  • DR 1-102: Misconduct; Responsibility for Acts of Others
  • DR 1-103: Disclosure of Information to Authorities; Duty to Cooperate
  • DR 1-104: Entity Form of Practice

Disciplinary Rule 2 - Advertising, Solicitation, and Legal Employment

  • DR 2-101: General Rules Regarding Communications about a Lawyer or Law Firm
  • DR 2-102: Special Rules Regarding Firm Names and Letterheads
  • DR 2-103: Special Rules Regarding the Employment or Use of Others in Recommending Employment of a Lawyer or Law Firm
  • DR 2-104: Special Rules Regarding Personal and Telephone Solicitation
  • DR 2-105: [Section Reserved]
  • DR 2-106: Fees for Legal Services
  • DR 2-107: Division of Fees Among Lawyers
  • DR 2-108: Agreements Restricting the Practice of a Lawyer
  • DR 2-109: Acceptance of Employment
  • DR 2-110: Withdrawal from Employment
  • DR 2-111: Sale of a Law Practice

Disciplinary Rule 3 - Unlawful Practice of Law

  • DR 3-101: Unlawful Practice of Law
  • DR 3-102: Dividing Legal Fees with a Nonlawyer
  • DR 3-103: Forming a Partnership with a Nonlawyer

Disciplinary Rule 4 - Confidences and Secrets of Clients

  • DR 4-101: Preservation of Confidences and Secrets of a Client

Disciplinary Rule 5 - Conflicts of Interest and Mediation

  • DR 5-101: Conflict of Interest: Lawyer's Self Interest
  • DR 5-102: Lawyer as Witness
  • DR 5-103: Avoiding Acquisition of Interest in Litigation
  • DR 5-104: Limiting Business Relations with a Client
  • DR 5-105: Conflicts of Interest: Former and Current Clients
  • DR 5-106: Mediation
  • DR 5-107: Settling Similar Claims of Clients
  • DR 5-108: Avoiding Influence by Others than the Client
  • DR 5-109: Conflicts of Interest: Public Employment
  • DR 5-110: Sexual Relations with Clients

Disciplinary Rule 6 - Competence and Diligence

Disciplinary Rule 7 - Zealously Representing Clients within the Bounds of the Law

  • DR 7-101: Representing a Client Zealously
  • DR 2-102: Representing a Client Within the Bounds of the Law
  • DR 7-103: Performing the Duty of Public Prosecutor or Other Government Lawyer
  • DR 7-104: Communicating with a Person Represented by Counsel
  • DR 7-105: Threatening Criminal Prosecution
  • DR 7-106: Trial Conduct
  • DR 7-107: Trial Publicity
  • DR 7-108: Communication with or Investigation of Jurors
  • DR 7-109: Contact with Witnesses
  • DR 7-110: Contact with Officials

Disciplinary Rule 8 - Improper Conduct as a Public Official or Judicial Candidate; Improper Criticism of the Judiciary

  • DR 8-101: Action as a Public Official
  • DR 8-102: Statements Concerning Judges and Other Adjudicatory Officers
  • DR 8-103: Lawyers as Candidates for Judicial Office

Disciplinary Rule 9 - Client Funds and Property

  • DR 9-101: Preserving Identity of Funds and Property of a Client
  • DR 9-102: Trust Account Overdraft Notification Program

Disciplinary Rule 10 - Definitions

  • DR 10-101: Definitions As used in the Disciplinary Rules of the Code of Professional Responsibility
  • DR 10-102: Preserving Identity of Funds and Property of a Client