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Rewriting the Rules-
A Guide to the New NH Rules of Professional Conduct

Top Ten Changes to NH’s Ethics Rules

Commentary and articles on the Rules Revisions.

The full July 25 Court Order on Rules  (162 pages, 778 Kb)

The New Rules Guide- Rule by Rule

CLIENT-LAWYER RELATIONSHIP (Rules 1.0 to 1.18)

Rule 1.0 Definitions

Rule 1.1 Competence

Rule 1.2 Scope of Representation

Rule 1.3 Diligence

Rule 1.4 Client Communications

Rule 1.5 Fees

Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information

Rule 1.7 Conflict of Interest: General Rule

Rule 1.8 Conflict of Interest: Current Clients

Rule 1.9 Duties to Former Clients

Rule 1.10 Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule

Rule 1.11 Special Conflicts of Interest for Former & Current Government Officers Rule 1.11 Special Conflicts of Interest for Former & Current Government Officers & Employees

Rule 1.11a Conduct of Lawyer-Officials

Rule 1.12 Former Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator or Other Third-Party Neutral

Rule 1.12A Part-Time Judge

Rule 1.13 Organization as Client

Rule 1.14 Client With Diminished Capacity

Rule 1.15 Safekeeping Property

Rule 1.16 Declining or Terminating Representation

Rule 1.17 Sale of Law Practice

Rule 1.18 Duties to Prospective Clients

Rule 1.19 Disclosure of Information to the Client


COUNSELOR (Rules 2.1 to 2.4)

Rule 2.1 Advisor

Rule 2.2 Intermediary

Rule 2.3 Evaluation for Use by Third Persons

Rule 2.4 Lawyer Serving as Third-Party Neutral

 

ADVOCATE (Rules 3.1 to 3.9)

Rule 3.1 Meritorious Claims and Contentions

Rule 3.2 Expediting Litigation

Rule 3.3 Candor Toward the Tribunal

Rule 3.4 Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel

Rule 3.5 Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal

Rule 3.6 Trial Publicity

Rule 3.7 Lawyer as Witness

Rule 3.8 Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor

Rule 3.9 Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings

 

TRANSACTIONS WITH PERSONS OTHER THAN CLIENTS (Rules 4.1 to 4.5)

Rule 4.1 Truthfulness in Statements to Others

Rule 4.2 Communication With Person Represented by Counsel

Rule 4.3 Dealing With Unrepresented Person

Rule 4.4 Respect for Rights of Third Persons

Rule 4.5 Subpoenas

 

LAW FIRMS AND ASSOCIATIONS (Rules 5.1 to 5.6)

Rule 5.1 Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers

Rule 5.2 Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer

Rule 5.3 Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants

Rule 5.4 Professional Independence of a Lawyer

Rule 5.5 Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law

Rule 5.6 Restrictions on Right to Practice

Rule 5.7 Responsibilities Regarding Law-Related Services

 

PUBLIC SERVICE (Rules 6.1 to 6.5)

Rule 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service

Rule 6.2 Accepting Appointments

Rule 6.3 Membership in Legal Services Organization

Rule 6.4 Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests

Rule 6.5 Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs

 

INFORMATION ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES (Rules 7.1 to 7.5)

Rule 7.1 Communications Concerning a Lawyers Services

Rule 7.2 Advertising

Rule 7.3 Direct Contact With Prospective Clients 

Rule 7.4 Communications of Fields of Practice

Rule 7.5 Firm Names and Letterheads

Rule 7.6 Political Contributions...

 

MAINTAINING THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROFESSION (Rules 8.1 to 8.5)

Rule 8.1 Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters

Rule 8.2 Judicial and Legal Officials

Rule 8.3 Reporting Professional Misconduct

Rule 8.4 Misconduct

Rule 8.5 Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law; Application of Rules to Nonlawyer Representatives

 


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