Model Rules of Professional Conduct
36 ABA Journal Model Rules of Professional Conduct articles.
Apr 1, 2021 1:10 PM CDT
Mar 19, 2021 9:42 AM CDT
Mar 15, 2021 3:23 PM CDT
New ABA ethics opinion addresses professional responsibilities of virtual practice
Lawyers can practice law virtually but must ensure that they consider various ethical responsibilities related to the duties of competence, diligence, communication, confidentiality and supervision, according to a new opinion released by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility.
Mar 10, 2021 10:27 AM CST
How can lawyers balance materially adverse interests? New ABA ethics opinion explores
Conflicts of interest remain a paramount ethical concern, as lawyers owe a duty of loyalty to clients. Rule 1.7 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct prohibits lawyers from having conflicts of interest between existing clients, but lawyers also often owe a duty of loyalty to former clients under Rule 1.9 and prospective clients under Rule 1.18.
Feb 10, 2021 9:07 AM CST
Lawyers must use caution when responding to negative online reviews, new ethics opinion says
Lawyers are frequent targets of criticism and sometimes that criticism takes place in the form of negative reviews online. As such, lawyers must be careful not to violate the duty of confidentiality when responding to negative online reviews. The ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility advises that the best response is often no response at all.
Jan 13, 2021 12:34 PM CST
The continued spread of COVID-19 has resulted in lawyers across the country working remotely for months on end, including in jurisdictions where they are not licensed to practice law. While this trend prioritizes public health and provides workers with increased flexibility, it could also raise ethical issues for some attorneys.
Dec 28, 2020 2:25 PM CST
What are ethics issues for lawyers practicing remotely from a different state during the pandemic?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more lawyers have worked remotely from home and practiced law primarily through electronic means. Some of these lawyers live in a different state than where they are licensed to practice law.
Dec 16, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Judge blocks ethics rule banning bias by lawyers, warns of arbiters deciding ‘who and what offends’
A federal judge in Philadelphia has cited the First Amendment in blocking a Pennsylvania ethics rule that bans lawyers from knowingly manifesting bias or engaging in discrimination in the practice of law.
Dec 9, 2020 12:09 PM CST
Dec 8, 2020 10:01 AM CST
25 ex-DC bar leaders decry election suits
Twenty-five former presidents of the District of Columbia Bar are criticizing lawyers who attacked the electoral process through unfounded allegations of voter fraud…
Dec 2, 2020 4:49 PM CST
Daniel Greenberg became interested in amending ABA Model Rule 1.8(e) when he realized he’d been in violation of it his entire career.
Dec 1, 2020 12:40 AM CST
Lawyers’ personal relationships with opposing counsels may create a conflict under the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, according to a new ethics opinion from the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Oct 7, 2020 10:08 AM CDT
Suit claims anti-bias ethics rule infringes lawyer’s free speech rights
A Philadelphia lawyer has filed a First Amendment challenge to Pennsylvania’s new ethics rule barring manifestations of bias or prejudice in the practice of law.
Aug 11, 2020 3:23 PM CDT
Judges must take steps to ensure individuals have the ability to pay criminal justice debt before threatening incarceration, revoking probation, exercising contempt powers or considering similar consequences, according to Formal Opinion 490 from the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Aug 1, 2020 12:30 AM CDT
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