24 July 2017

California On Brink Of Adopting Model Rules Of Professional Responsibility

Currently, California and Maine are the only states in the United States not to have legal ethics rules based on the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, or on the predecessor Model Code.

But, a replacement has been prepared and vetted through almost all of the proper authorities as of this past March of 2017, and all that stands between California replacing its legal ethics rules with a version based on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct now is a final vote of the California Supreme Court. Some provisions of the new rules are California specific but they are placed in the context of a national framework of ethical rules for lawyers.

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