Ethics Department

The Ethics Department provides ethics advice to Arizona lawyers and legal paraprofessionals about their own future conduct, creates and presents various CLE seminars, and staffs the Ethics Advisory Group (EAG). The Ethics Department does not handle lawyer discipline. Attorney-client disputes and allegations of misconduct are resolved through the Lawyer Regulation Department.

The Ethics Department is staffed by Ethics Counsel, Legal Services Manager and two Administrative Assistants.

Ethics Resources

Best Practices from the Ethics Advisory Group 
Rules of Professional Conduct
Ethics Hotline
Ethics Opinions
Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinions
FAQs on Legal Paraprofessionals (LP) and Alternative Business Structures (ABS)

Arizona Supreme Court's Ethics Advisory Committee

The Arizona Supreme Court's Ethics Advisory Committee (EAC), was created pursuant to Rule 42.1, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., and Administrative Order No. 2018-110. The EAC may issue opinions on lawyer ethics, professionalism and the unauthorized practice of law. Pursuant to Rule 42.1(h) proposed ethics opinions must be open for 90 days for public comment. After the public comment period ends, EAC will consider all submitted comments.

Opinions Issued by the Ethics Advisory Committee

The following proposed ethics opinions are currently open for public comment:

EO-20-0010 - This proposed opinion updates Ariz. Ethics Op. 07-01 dealing with communications with client's family or friends. 

EO-24-0002 - This proposed opinion concerns advising clients about communications with represented opponents. 

Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, September 25, 2024.

Public comments to ethics opinions may be submitted by email to EAC@courts.az.gov during the comment period.