JDP faculty member, Steven N. Sparta, Ph.D., ABPP was recently appointed to the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct as it’s Public Member.
The Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) is a standing committee of the State Bar Board of Trustees. The Committee’s primary charge is the development and issuance of advisory ethics opinions to assist attorneys in understanding their professional responsibilities under the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Some of these decisions involve psychology, e.g., the professional rule of conduct being debated about whether lawyers should be prohibited from sexual relations with clients (they currently are not prohibited).
Although not binding, the opinions have been cited in decisions of the Supreme Court, the State Bar Court Review Department, and the Courts of Appeal.