Date Chartered: 1/1/1973


The Section on Professional Responsibility promotes the communication of ideas, interests, and activities among members, provides support for pedagogical and scholarly endeavors, and facilitates dialogue on matters of interest in the teaching and improvement of the law relating to the legal profession and issues of professional responsibility.

Leadership   Listserv & Member-Only Content


Professional Responsibility 2020 Newsletter (PDF)
Professional Responsibility Fall 2018 Newsletter (PDF)
Professional Responsibility Spring 2018 Newsletter (PDF)
Professional Responsibility Fall 2017 Newsletter (PDF)


Annual Meeting Programs


Main Program
Works In Progress – New Voices
Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession (Co-Sponsored by Professional Responsibility)


Main Program
Works In Progress – New Voices
Leadership (Co-Sponsored by Professional Responsibility)


Webinars and Virtual Events


Virtual Workshop Conference

Date: 7/30/2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST
More information coming soon



Fred Zacharias Memorial Prize

The Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility is awarded yearly to an outstanding work in legal ethics by the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. Zacharias, a law professor at University of San Diego Law School, died in 2009 at the age of 56, after a career as a nationally known expert in professional responsibility, writing on the ethical duties that lawyers have to the legal system and society as well as clients. This prize was established to honor and carry on his work.



Year Award Name Recipient Law School
2020 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize Michael Moffit University of Oregon School of Law
2020 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize Jessica A. Roth Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
2019 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize Eric Fish Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc.
2018 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize Robert Gordon University of California, Davis School of Law
2017 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize Leslie C. Levin


Kate Levine

University of Connecticut School of Law

St. John’s University School of Law

2016 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize Elizabeth Camblee Burch

Morris A. Ratner

University of Georgia School of Law

University of California, Hastings College of Law

2015 Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize Russell M. Gold New York University School of Law