ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct Featured Spotlight: Practice Guides

This is the third post in a four-part series spotlighting the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.

This database includes practice guides on several topics. Each practice guide will contain an overview, background information, and analysis of the law including how it has been applied by courts and ethics committees. The following topics are covered by these practice guides: Advertising, Clients, Colleagues, Confidentiality, Conflicts of interest, Discipline, Disqualification, Fees, Government employment, Lawyer-client relationship, Malpractice, Misrepresentation, Obligations to third parties, Professional responsibility, Regulation of bar, Sexual harassment, Trial publicity, Unauthorized practice.

The majority of these topics can be accessed through the main page, and the remainder by selecting “All guides” under the “Practice Guides” section.


For example, if we wanted some background on what information pertaining to the client’s identity is protected under the duty of confidentiality or attorney-client privilege. From “All Guides,” we can expand “Confidentiality,” “Protected Information,” “Background,” and “Client Identity.” There we see the ethics rule related to this issue and information on how it relates to attorney-client privilege.


Selecting “Attorney-Client Privilege” will take us to guidance on the question we posed.


Access to the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.


Author: Marin Dell

Texas Tech School of Law Library - Librarian, Attorney, Law Library Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, loves all things law, libraries and tech/Tech

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