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The Wisconsin Supreme Court supervises the practice of law in Wisconsin. In doing so, it has established rules governing lawyer conduct, the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys.

As a State Bar member, you have access to guidance and help in resolving questions regarding Wisconsin's Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys.

There are a number of ways in which you can receive ethics guidance through the State Bar. 

Ethics Counsel: Tim Pierce and ​Sarah Peterson​

Ethics Hotline: (608) 229-2017 or (800) 254-9154 

​Ethics FAQs: Find answers to the most commonly asked ethics questions here!

Ethics FAQs


Rules Governing Lawyer Conduct

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has a constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by persons practicing law in Wisconsin. The court has adopted standards of professional conduct for attorneys and confers the privilege to practice law on attorneys on the condition that they comply with those standards.

Chapter 20A: Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys (Preamble through 20:1.18) (PDF)

Chapter 20B - Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys (20:2.1 through 20:8.5) (PDF)

Code of Judicial Ethics

The role of the judiciary is central to American concepts of justice and the rule of law. Essential to all provisions of this Code are the precepts that judges, individually and collectively, must respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system.