St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics

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St. Mary's University School of Law


Martha Alejandra Salas

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The legal profession is bound by ethical rules that govern and guide our conduct and actions as lawyers. One of the under-appreciated, but profoundly important set of guidelines is the Texas Standards for Appellate Conduct. These Standards serve as an excellent practice guide for appellate practitioners and appellate courts and as a model code of conduct for the Bar as a whole.

The goal of this Article is to dissect the Texas Standards for Appellate Conduct and provide useful commentaries for the readers to better appreciate and understand each element of the Standards. The commentaries provide direct case examples and anecdotal guidance for the audience’s benefit. Lastly, the Authors hope that this Article serves as a teaching tool, refresher course, or general reminder of how important ethics are in the legal profession and how all parties involved in it can benefit by subscribing to these Standards.