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Legal Ethics and Professional Misconduct   Tags: attorney/client relationship, grievance, legal ethics  

Information about professional responsibility and professional misconduct for attorneys and judges in the legal system.
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Resources at the State Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.

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Attorney responsibilities and client rights - Suzan Herskowitz Singer
Call Number: KF 311 S56 2003
ISBN: 1572483474
Publication Date: 2003
This title is intended to help people who are having problems with their attorneys by providing plain English information on the attorney-client relationship. Specific chapters cover topics such as malpractice, breach of contract, conflict of interest, ineffective counsel, financial misconduct, lawsuits, and ethical violations.

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Texas jurisprudence - Thomson West
Call Number: TEX.JUR.3D
Texas Jurisprudence (commonly referred to as Tex Jur) is a legal encyclopedia that provides researchers with citations on a wide range of topics. Information on attorneys and judicial conduct is included primarily in volumes 7 and 47 respectively. Reference librarians would be happy to assist in locating any additional sections.

Problems with an Attorney or Judge?

This guide was created for litigants who encounter professional misconduct and ethical issues within the legal system in Texas. We provide links to the rules that attorneys and judges must follow as well as to the disciplinary rules that members of the judiciary are subject to. We also provide information about organizations you may contact for assistance in resolving disputes. The Practice Aids tab provides a list of library resources that may be useful to practitioners looking for additional information on legal ethics.

Texas Laws and Rules

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Government Code and Texas Rules that govern judicial and attorney conduct. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, the sections below on complaints against attorneys and judges may provide useful information.

Complaints against Attorneys

Below you will find a collection of resources that may help you if you need to file a complaint against an attorney.

Complaints against Judges

Below you'll find a collection of resources that may help you if you need to file a complaint against a judge.

Who Can I Contact?

These organizations can help with complaints against attorneys and judges in Texas.


Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

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