December 30, 2010
Declining Representation: What Next?
Suppose that you or your clinic decide not to represent a client. Are there actions you should then take? On the Utah Bar Journal blog last September, Keith Call offers three pieces of advice:
1. Keep confidences if you decide to represent an adverse party. See Rule 1.18 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which identifies a potential client as a “prospective client").
2. Send a declination letter (new word for me) to protect yourself from any confusion.
3. Keep track of prospective clients in your conflict base.