Model Rules of Professional Conduct

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The Model Rules of Professional Conduct offers timely information on lawyer ethics. The black-letter Rules of Professional Conduct are followed by numbered Comments that explain each Rule's purpose and provide suggestions for its practical application. The Rules help lawyers identify proper conduct in a variety of given situations, review those instances where discretionary action is possible, and define the nature of the lawyer's relationship with clients, colleagues, and the courts.
 

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Contents

TERMINOLOGY
7
CLIENTLAWYER RELATIONSHIP
11
SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION AND ALLOCATION OF AUTHORITY BETWEEN CLIENT AND LAWYER
12
DILIGENCE
15
COMMUNICATION
17
FEES
19
CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION
23
CONFLICT OF INTEREST CURRENT CLIENTS
28
DEALING WITH UNREPRESENTED PERSON
102
RESPECT FOR RIGHTS OF THIRD PERSONS
103
LAW FIRMS AND ASSOCIATIONS
104
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A SUBORDINATE LAWYER
106
RULE 53 RESPONSIBILITIES REGARDING NONLAWYER ASSISTANTS
107
RULE 54 PROFESSIONAL INDEPENDENCE OF A LAWYER
108
RULE 55 UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW MULTIJURISDICTIONAL PRACTICE OF LAW
109
RESTRICTIONS ON RIGHT TO PRACTICE
114

CONFLICT OF INTEREST CURRENT CLIENTS SPECIFIC RULES
38
DUTIES TO FORMER CLIENTS
46
IMPUTATION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST GENERAL RULE
49
SPECIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST FOR FORMER AND CURRENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
53
FORMER JUDGE ARBITRATOR MEDIATOR OR OTHER THIRDPARTY NEUTRAL
56
ORGANIZATION AS CLIENT
58
CLIENT WITH DIMINISHED CAPACITY
63
SAFEKEEPING PROPERTY
66
DECLINING OR TERMINATING REPRESENTATION
68
SALE OF LAW PRACTICE
70
DUTIES TO PROSPECTIVE CLIENT
74
COUNSELOR
77
RULE 22 DELETED
78
LAWYER SERVING AS THIRDPARTY NEUTRAL
80
ADVOCATE
82
EXPEDITING LITIGATION
83
FAIRNESS TO OPPOSING PARTY AND COUNSEL
88
IMPARTIALITY AND DECORUM OF THE TRIBUNAL
89
TRIAL PUBLICITY
90
LAWYER AS WITNESS
93
SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PROSECUTOR
95
ADVOCATE IN NONADJUDICATIVE PROCEEDINGS
98
TRANSACTIONS WITH PERSONS OTHER THAN CLIENTS
99
COMMUNICATION WITH PERSON REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL
100
PUBLIC SERVICE
117
ACCEPTING APPOINTMENTS
120
MEMBERSHIP IN LEGAL SERVICES ORGANIZATION
121
LAW REFORM ACTIVITIES AFFECTING CLIENT INTERESTS
122
INFORMATION ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES
124
DIRECT CONTACT WITH PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS
127
COMMUNICATION OF FIELDS OF PRACTICE AND SPECIALIZATION
130
FIRM NAMES AND LETTERHEADS
131
RULE 76 POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OBTAIN GOVERNMENT LEGAL ENGAGEMENTS OR APPOINTMENTS BY JUDGES
132
MAINTAINING THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROFESSION
134
JUDICIAL AND LEGAL OFFICIALS
135
MISCONDUCT
137
DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITY CHOICE OF LAW
138
SUBJECT GUIDE
141
CORRELATION TABLES
161
ABA STANDING COMMITTEE ON ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY COMPOSITION AND JURISDICTION
177
ABA SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT 19831987
181
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION COMMISSION ON MULTIJURISDICTIONAL PRACTICE 20002002
183
AMENDMENTS TO THE MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT BY RULE 19832009
185
AMENDMENTS TO THE MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT BY DATE 19832009
190
Judges Soliciting Contributions for Therapeutic or Problemsolving Courts
193
InHouse Consulting on Ethical Issues
199
Pending Recommendation to Amend Rule 110
207
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