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

The database provides the full text of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility, and access to State Ethics Rules. Also included are surveys on the major variations between the ABA Rules and the state rules. These materials are accessible through the main page under the “Ethics Rules” section.


You may also browse the ethics rules by selecting “Search Ethics Rules” at the bottom of the “Ethics Rules” section.

For instance, if we wanted information on the ABA Rules regarding the preservation of client secrets, we may select “ABA Model Rules and Standards,” and expand “ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility,” scroll down to select “DR 4-101 Preservation of Confidences and Secrets of a Client.” This will take us to Canon 4: “A Lawyer Should Preserve the Confidences and Secrets of a Client.”



“Canon 4” discusses client secrets. This section includes several ethical considerations and the full text of the disciplinary rule on this subject.


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.