Since the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were first promulgated by the American Bar Association in 1983, they have been amended several times on an issue-by-issue basis, and the ABA has twice undertaken a more global overhaul.
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State ethics committees have struggled for decades with applying traditional ethics rules to new forms of electronic communications. Among other things, early bar opinions condemned lawyers’ use of cellphones and unencrypted email.
A lawyer may use cloud computing as long as reasonable steps are taken to ensure that sensitive client information remains confidential, a New Hampshire ethics committee has concluded in an advisory opinion.
A law firm may use a trade name so long as it describes the nature of the legal practice in terms that are accurate and not misleading, the New Jersey Supreme Court has decided in amending a state rule on attorney advertising.
A lawyer who charged a client for six hours of time to prepare his bill – with an additional hour spent searching for the file – was recently suspended by the North Dakota Supreme Court.
Florida lawyers may use cloud computing as long as they take “reasonable” precautions to ensure the confidentiality of client information, according to a proposed ethics opinion issued by a state bar committee.
Judges must follow the ethics rules governing social relationships and contacts when engaged in electronic social networking, an American Bar Association committee has made clear in a new ethics opinion.
The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended two attorneys who failed to fully disclose that they were behind the purchase of a home their client had foreclosed upon and put up for auction.
With the release of a final set of proposed changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the American Bar Association’s 20/20 Commission completed its work last month.
The group addressed major issues facing lawyers, including the maintenance of client confidences in the age of social media, the ethical obligations of legal outsourcing and the need to stay up-to-date and informed on technology.