Ethics Rules

Topics: Lawyer, Law, Prosecutor, Judge / Pages: 3 (517 words) / Published: Apr 4th, 2013
1. Background * Introduction—nature of profession * Preamble, scope 2. Law governing lawyers and lawyer discipline—fundamentals * 1.1—competence * 1.2—scope, direction * 1.3—diligence * 1.4—communication w/ clients * 1.6—confidentiality * 1.15—holding property * 5.4—professional independence * 5.5—unauth’d practice of law; multi-jxn practice * 8.1—bar admission * 8.3—obligation to report other’s misconduct * 8.4—misconduct--violating MRPC is violating 8.4 * 8.5—choice of law provision

Lawyer as professional 3. Responsibility for another lawyer’s conduct * 1.2—scope of rep’n * 2.3—evaluation for use by 3rd party * 5.1—attorneys supervising other attorneys * 5.1a is firm mgmt.; 5.1b is supervision * 5.2—subordinate attorneys * 5.3—supervising non-attorneys * 8.3—reporting ethics violation

4. Taking a case * 1.5—payment agreements * 1.18—prospective clients * 1.16—withdrawal * 1.2—scope * 1.8—personal conflicts—incl payment arrangements * 1.6 * 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

5. Attracting clients * 7.1—communications about services * 7.2—advertising (b—referral) * 7.3—direct contact w/ prospective clients * 7.4—communication of fields of practice

6. Pro bono & prof’l service * 6.1—pro bono “requirement” * 6.2—court appointment * 6.3—membership in legal service organizations * 6.4—law reform activities * 6.5—relaxes the 1.7, 1.9 obligations

Lawyer as confidante 7. Confidentiality * 1.2—scope as a limit on confidentiality * 1.6(a) –don’t reveal * 1.6(b) –permissive ways when you can breach * 1—death/imminent harm * 2—preventing crime/fraud * 3—prevent financial injury * 4—securing legal advice * 5—atty’s own defense * 6—complying w/ court orders * 1.6 comment 5: implied authorizations * 1.9 * 1.13—entities *

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