The ABA's Model Code of Judicial Conduct is the judicial equivalent of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, and most states have adopted it in the same way as they have the Rules. The full text of the Code is available on the ABA's website and in the major subscription databases.
Understanding how and why a standard came to be as it is today can be the key to how it should be interpreted. To assist researchers in finding the history of professional rules, the ABA has published a brief article detailing the development of legal ethics standards in the United States. Additional information about the history of legal ethics can be found by following the links in the article or visiting the ABA's Model Rules page.
In addition, the resources below analyze the legislative history of the ABA Model Rules. Legislative history refers to the progress of a statute or rule through the legislative process and to the documents that are created during that process. Attorneys, judges, and others often turn to these documents to learn why legislative bodies enacted a particular law or to aid in the interpretation of a law. Both of these books can be found in the library.
These print compilations of various model and state codes are available in the Law Library at the call numbers listed.