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Massachusetts State Ethics Commission
The State Ethics Commission is an independent state agency that administers and enforces the provisions of the conflict of interest law and financial disclosure law.

Massachusetts laws

MGL c.268A Conflict of Interest Law
MGL c.268B Financial Disclosure Law

Massachusetts regulations

930 CMR State Ethics Commission Regulations

Massachusetts ethics rules

Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, Supreme Judicial Court.
Rules of the Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts
Rules of Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of Court (SJC Rule 3:14)

Massachusetts ethics opinions

Ethics Commission Enforcement Cases and Decisions
State Ethics Commission enforcement matters by subject area

Ethics Commission Legal Opinions
Legal opinions issued by the Ethics Commission regarding the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws.

Mass. Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinions. Opinions published since 1973

Web sources

Frequently Asked Ethical Questions, Board of Bar Overseers
Ethical questions which confront attorneys

Educational Materials- Learn more about the conflict of interest law, State Ethics Commission
Everything you need to know about the conflict of interest law for state and municipal employees

Ethics Commission Laws, Regulations, Rulings, Opinions and Advisories, State Ethics Commission
Includes laws, enforcement cases, commission advisories, court cases, and more.

Conflict of Interest Law Education and Training Guidelines, State Ethics Commission
Links to everything you need to know about training requirements, including summaries of the law to be distributed to employees

Online Conflict of Interest Law Training 
Public employees hired after April 2, 2010 must complete this training within 30 days of beginning public service, and every 2 years thereafter. Includes programs for municipal, state, and county employees.

Print sources

Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts, MCLE, loose-leaf

Do No Wrong: Ethics for Prosecutors and Defenders, American Bar Association, 2009

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