Ethics

Phone advisory panel

The ISBA Legal Ethics Committee provides informal ethical guidance via a telephone panel staffed by its own volunteers. If you are a member of the ISBA and you have an ethics question, use the phone advisory panel to to find contact information for a member of the Legal Ethics Committee. Please contact the attorney listed for your county.
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Ethics opinions

The ISBA Legal Ethics Committee issues formal written opinions from time to time, either in response to specific inquiries from ISBA members, or as a result of its determination that an opinion on the particular topic would be useful. Those formal opinions shall be upon questions of first impression in Indiana and other matters warranting general circulation in the judgment of the Committee.

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Ethics Curbstone Index

Beginning in 2005 ISBA's Don Lundberg, later joined by Caitlin Schroeder, published their Ethics Curbstone column in Res Gestae member journal. These articles, discussing important ethical considerations, are now available for ISBA members to read online. The Ethics Curbstone column concluded in 2020.

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Indiana ethics CLE requirements

Attorneys and judges are required to attend at least 6 hours of approved CLE per year and at least 36 hours of approved CLE per three-year cycle. Also, attorneys and judges are required to take at least 3 hours of ethics credit anytime within the three-year cycle. Additionally, newly admitted attorneys are required to attend an approved, 6 hour "Applied Professionalism" program in lieu of the ethics requirement in their first three-year cycle. ISBA offers members a variety of live and on-demand ethics CLE. 

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