Justice Daniel Crothers, '82, appointed to ABA Ethics Committee

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The American Bar Association announced June 18 that North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Daniel Crothers has been appointed to a three-year term on the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Since 1908 this Standing Committee of the Association has focused on the development of model national ethics standards for lawyers and judges and the drafting of ABA Formal Ethics Opinions interpreting and applying those standards.

In 1984 the Committee undertook an effort to encourage nationwide adoption of a new set of ethics rules, the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which were the result of a seven-year project to update and refine the then-prevailing ethical standards. Forty-four states plus Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands have adopted the Model Rules.

Between 1987 and 1990 the Standing Committee developed a revised Model Code of Judicial Conduct, which has been adopted by 30 states and United States jurisdictions, with another 13 states studying adoption of the Model Code.

The Committee also provides consultation to other American Bar Association entities, state and local bar associations, law schools, the legal news media, and the public on matters of emerging interest in the area of legal and judicial ethics.

Justice Crothers has extensive experience with the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, including current service as chair of the Policy Implementation Committee, past chair and member of the Standing Committee on Client Protection, and past member of the ABA Cybersecurity Task Force.