Practice of Law

Any Comment on the Amended Ethics Rules?

Update: A State Bar commission will hold a hearing June 10 in Los Angeles to receive testimony on the new and revised Rules of Professional Conduct.

Now is your chance  to comment on the 69 amended Rules of Professional Conduct set to be adopted by the State Bar’s Board of Governors by September.  California is still the only state not to pattern its ethics rules on the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, but these amendments bring California’s rules closer in both form and content.

In its article Ethics Rules Get a ReWrite , the California Bar Journal has created a  Top Ten list of selected potential rule changes. One of the Top Ten is the complete bar to sex between attorney and client, as opposed to the current more flexible rule. Another Top Ten amendment would prevent junior attorneys from using an ethical Nuremberg defense, i.e., I was just following the senior attorney’s orders. Instead, every attorney will have to exercise his or her own independent judgment when it comes to ethical decisions.

So, what do you think of these amendments? We’d love to hear your comments on our blog (add comment at this page), but don’t forget to lodge your official comments by the June 15th deadline.

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