Kentucky Legal Ethics Deskbook

Kentucky Legal Ethics Deskbook



Sixth Edition

The latest edition of the Deskbook maintains the 3-volume format and for the first time exists only in an electronic version which is organized as follows. Volume I collects all the ethics rules used in Kentucky and includes the current Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct, the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct (1990-2009), the Kentucky Code of Professional Responsibility (1971-1990), the Kentucky Canons of Professional Responsibility (1946-1971), and the Kentucky Code of Legal Ethics (1903-1946). A convenient index to all rules, codes, and canons is also included. The Kentucky Procedures for Disciplinary Enforcement (SCR 3.140-3.520), bar admission rules (SCR 2.000-2.540), provisions relating to paralegals (SCR 3.700), and the Ken- tucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP) (SCR 3.900-3.995) are also included. Chapters on Legal Ethics Research and Practical Resolutions to Ethical Problems round out Volume I.

Volume II contains the bulk of the Deskbook, the complete collection of all Formal Ethics Opinions. In May of 2013, the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Bar Association announced that it was withdrawing 65 of the nearly 440 formal ethics opinions the Committee had released over the last five decades. Opinions that have been marked as withdrawn by the Kentucky Bar Association are italicized and are included in Volume II for historical purposes. There is also an excellent index to the collection.

Volume III consists of the opinions of the KBA Unauthorized Practice Com- mittee and is accompanied by a very useful index to these opinions. This volume also addresses judicial ethics and includes the Kentucky Code of Judicial Conduct, Opinions of the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Judiciary, along with an in- dex to those opinions. The Rules of the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission complete the Volume.


Publication Date



University of Kentucky Office of Continuing Legal Education






Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Kentucky


Law | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Underwood, Richard H., Todd B. Eberle, Timothy S. Chase, Kurt X. Metzmeier, and Tracy J. Taylor. Kentucky Legal Ethics Deskbook. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Office of Continuing Legal Education, 2021.

Kentucky Legal Ethics Deskbook