MARCH HEARING ON PROPOSED CHANGES IN RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis   415-538-2028   diane.curtis@calbar.ca.gov

San Francisco, February 05, 2010 — The public is invited to speak at a March 11 public hearing in Los Angeles on proposed changes to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern all lawyers in the state.

The hearing by the State Bar's Rules Revision Commission will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the State Bar's Los Angeles Office at 1149 South Hill Street. Those interested in speaking at the hearing can find more information on the bar's Web site: www.calbar.ca.gov/ethics. (Go to Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.)

Or, contact Audrey Hollins at audrey.hollins@calbar.ca.gov or at 415-538-2167. Please register to testify or present written materials by Monday, March 8.

The commission is currently focusing on 12 proposed new or amended rules dealing with

  • Terminology
  • Disclosure of professional liability insurance
  • Special conflicts of interest for former and current officers and government employees
  • Purchase and sale of a law practice
  • Duties to prospective clients
  • Advocates in nonadjudicative proceedings
  • Truthfulness in statements to others
  • Respect for rights of third persons
  • Voluntary pro bono publico service
  • Accepting appointments
  • Limited legal services programs, and
  • Judicial and legal officials.

Deadline to submit public comment on the proposed rules is March 8. The proposed rules and public comment instructions can be found at the bar's Web site, www.calbar.ca.gov (Go to Public Comment)

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, the State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 75 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. In February 2010, membership reached more than 226,000.

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