The American Bar Association (ABA): Stop copyrighting ethics opinions & keeping them behind a paywall.

I cannot conceive of any rational justification for imposing a fee for accessing (or for making it difficult to access) ethical opinions that are intended -- and used -- to define and explain the ethical standards to which attorneys are expected to hold themselves. There are good and understandable reasons for charging fees for accessing resources such as CLE programs and other member services of the ABA. However, these ethical opinions are intended to set standards applicable to all attorneys and, for that reason, should be made freely available to all attorneys, as well as the public.

If anyone is aware of a good reason why it is in the best interest of the profession and the public to charge fees for accessing ABA ethical opinions, I would like to hear it.

D. Paul Dalton, Irving, TX, United States
9 years ago
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