COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
Formed: June 1, 1952
The Committee on Professional Ethics is charged with the duty of observing the ethical standards of the members of the profession. With the approval of the Executive Committee, it may take original action and may cooperate with other bar associations and federations in taking action to maintain high ethical standards among the members of the profession. In its discretion it shall make answer to inquiries as to proper conduct for a member of the legal profession in any given case if such answer shall have been adopted or authorized at a meeting of the committee and concurred in by a majority of the committee; provided that between meetings of the committee any such answer may be adopted or authorized if it be concurred in by a majority of the committee, and nonconcurring member shall have requested discussion of the question and answer at a meeting of the committee. It may publish such questions and answers in the Journal if, in its opinion, such publication would not violate the confidence of the inquiries. The terms "members of the profession" and "member of the legal profession" as used in the preceding paragraph, shall be deemed to include members of the judiciary; and the jurisdiction of the Committee on Professional Ethics shall extend to the canons of judicial ethics as well as to the code of professional responsibility.
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