ARCHIVED: Ethical Principles Approved by AALL Members

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April 9, 1999

An overwhelming majority of AALL members approved the Ethical Principles submitted to them with their 1999 Ballots.

These new Ethical Principles replace the Association's current Code of Ethics and can be located on ALLNET at

Wes Cochran, Professor of Law at Texas Tech University, had chaired the AALL Special Committee on Ethics from 1998-1999 and studied the issue. He said, "I'm pleased that the AALL membership endorsed the Ethical Principles by such a strong vote. The Special Committee on Ethics worked hard during the past two years studying the issues involved and working to produce a statement of principles that can help guide our members when they face ethical questions and problems. It is gratifying to see the results of our work".

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 4,800 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.