Ethics Department

The Ethics Department provides ethics advice to Arizona lawyers about their own future conduct, creates and presents various CLE seminars, and staffs the Ethics Advisory Group (EAG). The Ethics Department does not handle lawyer discipline. Attorney-client disputes and allegations of misconduct are resolved through the Lawyer Regulation Department.

The Ethics Department is staffed by Ethics Counsel, Legal Services Manager and two Administrative Assistants.

Ethics Resources

Best Practices from the Ethics Advisory Group 
Rules of Professional Conduct
Ethics Hotline
Ethics Opinions
Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinions

Arizona Supreme Court's Attorney Ethics Advisory Committee

The Arizona Supreme Court's Attorney Ethics Advisory Committee (AEAC), was created pursuant to Rule 42.1, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., and Administrative Order No. 2018-110. The AEAC may issue opinions on lawyer ethics, professionalism and the unauthorized practice of law. Pursuant to Rule 42.1(h) proposed ethics opinions must be open for 90 days for public comment. After the public comment period ends, AEAC will consider all submitted comments.

To submit a comment on a proposed ethics opinion, please email AEAC at: aea@courts.gov

The following ethics opinion is currently open for public comment:

EO-20-0011 This opinion would update Ariz. Ethics Op. 02-02, to conclude that copying (cc) a client on an email to opposing counsel impliedly consents, under ER 4.2, to a "reply all" response. 

Comments must be submitted on or before Monday, August 30, 2021

Opinions Issued by the Attorney Ethics Advisory Committee