Texas Lawyer’s Creed

“THE TEXAS LAWYER'S CREED -- A Mandate for Professionalism”, promulgated by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals:

“I am a lawyer. I am entrusted by the People of Texas to preserve and improve our legal system. I am licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas. I must therefore abide by the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, but I know that Professionalism requires more than merely avoiding the violation of laws and rules. I am committed to this Creed for no other reason than it is right.”

“II. Lawyer To Client

A lawyer owes to a client allegiance, learning, skill, and industry. A lawyer shall employ all appropriate legal means to protect and advance the client’s legitimate rights, claims, and objectives. A lawyer shall not be deterred by any real or imagined fear of judicial disfavor or public unpopularity, nor be influenced by mere self-interest.”

“2. I will endeavor to achieve my client’s lawful objectives in legal transactions and in litigation as quickly and economically as possible.”

  1. 3.I will be loyal and committed to my client’s lawful objectives, but I will not permit that loyalty and commitment to interfere with my duty to provide objective and independent advice.”

The Texas Lawyer’s Creed has been widely published online by the State Bar of Texas at http://www.texasbar.com/Template.cfm?Section=Home&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14034 and by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism at http://www.txethics.org/reference_creed.asp