Sources of Ethical Duties and Limitations

Like all attorneys, public lawyers must adhere to the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) and are subject to discipline by the Nevada Supreme Court for any violations of those rules. Public lawyers also have specific statutory responsibilities: depending upon whether an attorney is in the service of the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney, these responsibilities originate in NRS Chapter 228 (Attorney General duties), NRS Chapter 252 (district attorney duties) or NRS 266.470 (city attorney duties). However, they may be further defined throughout the Nevada Revised Statutes, by local charter or ordinance, by relevant case law, or by opinions of the Attorney General. National standards, if applicable, may provide further guidance.[2]