Sunday, August 18, 2013
Comments are being sought on proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct:
The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of
Professional Conduct ("Committee") invites public comments on proposed
revisions to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct. The
Committee undertook a comprehensive review of the Massachusetts rules to
consider revisions to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of
The American Bar Association's Model Rules revisions reflect recommendations made by the ABA's Ethics 2000 Commission and the ABA's Commission on Ethics 20/20. The comprehensive amendments proposed by the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission responded to changes in the profession since the Model Rules' adoption in 1983. The targeted amendments proposed by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 responded to changes in law practice resulting from globalization and the profession's increased use of technology.
The Supreme Judicial Court website has the following documents available for review:
- The Committee's Proposed Revisions to Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct 1.0 - 1.4, 1.6 - 1.12, 1.15 - 6.2, 7.1 - 7.5, 8.1 - 8.4. (In recent years, the Supreme Judicial Court has adopted revisions to Rules 1.5, 1.13, 1.14, 6.5 and 8.5, and their respective comments, and the Committee does not propose further amendments to those Rules or comments, and no changes were proposed to Rules 6.3 or 6.4 or their comments.)
- The Report of the Committee, including an Executive Summary, Explanation of Recommendations, and an Appendix of Special Reports and Dissents.
- The Committee's proposed revised rules marked to show changes from the current Massachusetts Rules.
- The Committee's proposed revised rules marked to show changes from the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
The full announcement (with links to the relevant documents) can be found here. (Mike Frisch)