Welcome to APRL
Welcome to the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers website (“APRL” pronounced April). Originally formed over three decades ago primarily as an association of lawyers who represent other lawyers in disciplinary proceedings, APRL membership now encompasses lawyers who provide services in all aspects of legal ethics and professional responsibility. In addition to respondents’ counsel work, APRL lawyers also represent and advise lawyers and law firms on ethics and professional responsibility, risk management, legal malpractice, and the law of lawyering. APRL also numbers academics and judges among its members. APRL remains the largest organization of lawyers primarily representing other lawyers in disciplinary proceedings. It has over 500 members world wide.
APRL marshals the talent, energy and perspectives of its members to bring about positive change in the areas of legal ethics and the law of lawyering. It also issues public statements and files amicus briefs. APRL and its members are passionate about professional responsibility and together they share their experiences, insights and expertise.
APRL as an organization does not provide legal advice or opinions. If you have a legal question, please seek the advice of an attorney in your local area. You can find APRL members listed under the Find A Member search tab and search for a member in your state and local area. You can also reach out to your State Bar organization for assistance locating an attorney for your specific needs.
In Memoriam of Mark I. Harrison
Mark I. Harrison received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1960 and is currently a Member of the Phoenix, Arizona law firm Osborn Maledon PA. He is a past President of the State Bar of Arizona (1975-76) and the Arizona Bar Foundation (1991). Mr. Harrison was a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Special Committees on Lawyer Discipline and on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. He served on the Members’ Consultative Group for the American Law Institute Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers and was the President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) in 1992-93 and of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 1993-94. From 2000-2003, Mr. Harrison served as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics. From 2003 until 2007, Mr. Harrison chaired the ABA Joint Commission to Evaluate the Code of Judicial Conduct. Mr. Harrison has taught the required course in legal ethics at the University of Arizona Law School and since 2000, has served as an adjunct professor teaching legal ethics at Arizona State University School of Law. Mr. Harrison has been involved in varied tort and complex commercial litigation for more than forty years. He regularly represents lawyers in discipline and malpractice cases and frequently serves as an expert in malpractice and professional responsibility matters. Mr. Harrison has been the recipient of several awards including the ABA Michael Franck Award for Professional Responsibility; the Walter E. Craig Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of Arizona and the Judge Learned Hand Award from the Phoenix chapter of the American Jewish Committee, presented annually to outstanding leaders of the legal profession.