Monday, August 7, 2006

RPC update

Last month, the Supreme Court adopted a set of changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Now WSBA's Special Committee for the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2003 Committee) offers an overview for Washington attorneys. One notable change: now the rules have official comments. (Interestingly, at the same time the Evidence Rules dropped official comments.)

See also Peter Callaghan, State ethics code compels lawyers to keep secrets, News Tribune, Aug. 3, 2006. This article focuses on the rules relating to maintaining clients' confidences and candor toward the tribunal. UW note: The article quotes Prof. Tom Andrews.

The complete Rules of Professional Conduct and comments are available for download. The changes take effect Sept. 1.

Thanks to Lisa Kremer for the News Tribune link.

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