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Committees: Ethics & Practice Guidelines

Mission Statement

The ISBA's Committee Ethics and Practice Guidelines issues advisory opinions on the proper interpretation of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct.  An archive of the ISBA's Ethics Opinions can be found on the ISBA website ( Legal Ethics Opinions are advisory only and are not binding upon any member of the ISBA, any attorney licensed to practice in the state of Iowa.  The ISBA, its officers, directors, agents, and the Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee members assume no responsibility or liability in rendering these opinions.


Request Ethics Advice

Some inquiries may be more appropriately answered by a formal committee opinion or by a letter opinion from the committee chair. Written inquiries should be addressed to:

Chair, Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee
The Iowa State Bar Association
625 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Additionally, experienced staff lawyers at the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility provide free legal ethics research for ABA members.  They will locate citations for relevant rules, ethics opinions & other resources. Learn more here.

Professional Responsibility

Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct
Recent Attorney Disability and Disciplinary Orders

Recent Opinions

15-03 Implied Self-Defense and Attorney-Client Privilege
15-02 Email Communication Intercepted
15-01 Email Communication
14-02 Wrongfully Accusing a Lawyer to Gain a Tactical Advantage
14-01 Computer Security
13-05 Co-Counsel Relationships
13-04 Mentor-Mentee Relationship
13-03 The Use of Contracted Lawyers
13-02 Pro Hac Vice Counsel
13-01 Of-Counsel

Search all Ethics opinions from 1966 to present.

Educational Resources
Below are Six Ethics Videos from the Committee’s Recent "Relationship Opinions” Webinar.

IA Ethics Opinion 13-01 Of Counsel Relationship
IA Ethics Opinion 13-02 Pro Hac Vice Relationship
IA Ethics Opinion 13-03 Contracted Lawyers (Law Temps)
IA Ethics Opinion 13-04 Mentorship Relationships
IA Ethics Opinion 13-05 Co-Counsel Relationships


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