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Links to Current Codes & Legislative History

Guides to the Legislative Process

Listed below are a number of links to resources that will help you understand the legislative process on the state and organization level:

Maryland General Assembly - The Legislative Process:  How a Bill Becomes a Law 

Maryland.  Dept. of Legislative Services.  The Legislative Process

Current Codes

Statutes dealing with Lawyers and Professional Ethics fall under the jurisdiction of state law.  Most states publish their Codes of Professional Responsibility in the Court Rules volume of their Code.   At the Thurgood Marshall Law Library a searcher can access this information in both paper and electronic format.  Listed below are a number of sources for statutes.

  • Maryland Statutes (Paper) - Located on Level 2 of the Library
    • Annotated Code of the Public General Laws of Maryland (Lexis) [KFM 1230.5.M5 - Level 2]
    • Annotated Code of Maryland (Westlaw) [KFM1230.5.W4 - Level 2]
    • Laws of the State of Maryland [ KFM 1225 - Level 2] 

  • Maryland Statutes (Electronic)

The databases BloombergLaw, LexisAdvance and WestlawNext all offer up to date versions of the United States and Maryland codes.

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Codes of Professional Responsibility

In 1908, the American Bar Association published the Canons of Professional Ethics.  This was the first time that the standards were codified and published.  In 1969, the Canons were replaced by the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility. These Rules were, in turn, superseded by the Model Rules of Professional Conduct in 1983.  This edition of the ethics code is still in effect.  The Rules do not carry the force of law, but they serve as a model that can be adopted by states.  With the exception of California, the Model Rules of Professional Conduct have been adopted in some form by 49 states and the Virgin Islands.

Listed below are sources of information for the Model Rules.

National Coverage

  • Paper
    • American Bar Association. Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct (7th ed., 2011) [KF305.A2 2011] - current code
    • ____________________. ABA-BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct [KF305.A8A116] covers 1984-present
    • ____________________. Opinions of the Committee on Professional Ethics, With the Canons of Professional Ethics, Annotated and the Canons of Judicial Ethics, Annotated [KF305.A2A5c]
    • Annotated Code of Professional Responsibility  [KF305.A2 A524 1979] - this code was probulgated in 1969
    • Regulation of Lawyers, Statutes and Standards [KF305.A15 R44] - annual publication
  • Online
  • ABA Center for Professional Responsibility (free)
  • BloombergLaw – The ABA  Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct is available on this database.  The Manual includes ABA Formal and Informal Opinions. Access this title from the main page:  Secondary Sources>BNA Manuals>Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct. 
  • Lexis – ABA Formal Ethics Opinions (Jan. 1924 – present) and Informal Ethics Opinions (Dec. 1959 – present) are available on Lexis:  Practice Area or Industry>Legal Ethics. 
  • Westlaw – Go to the All Contents tab and type ABA into the search box at the top of the screen.  A drop-down page will appear with ABA EthicsMaterials listed.  Click that link to access ABA ethics materials. Both the Formal (Jan. 1924- present) and Informal (July 1961 – present) Ethics Opinions are available. 

Maryland Coverage

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