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Bar News - August 17, 2012

ABA Amends Model Ethics Rules

The ABA House of Delegates, meeting at its Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this month, approved six proposals from the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 that amend the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and commentary in the following areas:

  • lawyers’ use of technology and confidentiality;
  • lawyers’ use of technology and client development;
  • ethical implications of retaining lawyers and nonlawyers outside the firm to work on client matters;
  • the detection of conflicts of interest when lawyers move from one firm to another;
  • and practice pending admission and admission by motion.
The ABA Criminal Justice Section obtained ABA approval on recommendations urging governments to review child sexual abuse statutes (Resolution 107A); urging defender organizations and criminal defense lawyers to address clients’ interrelated criminal, civil and nonlegal problems (107C); and urging Congress to amend the U.S. code to permit a federal district court to review de novo in death sentences (107D).

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