Ethics opinions are issued by the PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.
The committee responds to requests from any PBA member concerning the impact of the provisions of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct upon the member’s prospective conduct. The committee does not address questions about a lawyer’s past conduct, disciplinary matters, matters in litigation or questions of law.
Ethics opinions of the committee are advisory only and are not binding on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania or any other court. An ethics opinion carries only such weight as an appropriate reviewing authority may choose to give it.
Many “formal” opinions (written by the full committee on global ethics issues) are available to search by the public. For PBA members, hundreds of additional “informal” opinions (written by a member of the committee on specific ethics issues) are also available to search. After logging in, use the search box at the top of the page to access all (both formal and informal) ethics opinions.
Any PBA member with an ethical question concerning his or her own prospective conduct may call the PBA Ethics Hotline at 800-932-0311, ext. 2214, or 717-238-6715. The PBA Ethics Hotline is not available to non-PBA members or members of the public.
Read The Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.
Purchase the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook from the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.