Ethics 2000 Commission

Report on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct

This page contains the text of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as amended by the House of Delegates in their debate of the Ethics 2000 Commission report, shown with the changes from the previous Model Rules. Individual "clean" copies of the current Model Rules, complete with changes made since Ethics 2000, can be found here.

Complete text of the Ethics 2000 Commission Report as passed, showing changes from former Model Rules:

This document contains the Reporter's Explanation Memos for each Rule. Please note that where Rules were changed on the floor of the House or conforming amendments were necessary (Rules 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.10, 1.17, 4.2 and 6.1), the Memo does not reflect those changes.

Preamble & Scope and Rule 1.0
Preamble & Scope
Preamble & Scope Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.0
Rule 1.0 Reporter's Explanation Memo

Client - Lawyer Relationship

Rule 1.1
Rule 1.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.2
Rule 1.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.3
Rule 1.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.4
Rule 1.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.5 as proposed by Commission
Rule 1.5 as passed by House
Rule 1.5 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.6 as proposed by Commission
Rule 1.6 as passed by House
Rule 1.6 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.7
Rule 1.7 Reporter's Explanation Memo

 

Rule 1.8
Rule 1.8 Reporter's Explanation Memo

 

Rule 1.9
Rule 1.9 Reporter's Explanation Memo


Rule 1.10 as proposed by Commission
Rule 1.10 as passed by House
Rule 1.10 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.11
Rule 1.11 Reporter's Explanation Memo


Rule 1.12
Rule 1.12 Reporter's Explanation Memo


Rule 1.13
Rule 1.13 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.14
Rule 1.14 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.15
Rule 1.15 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.16
Rule 1.16 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.17
Rule 1.17 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 1.18
Rule 1.18 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Counselor
Rule 2.1
Rule 2.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 2.2
Rule 2.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 2.3
Rule 2.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 2.4
Rule 2.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Advocate
Rule 3.1
Rule 3.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.2
Rule 3.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.3
Rule 3.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.4
Rule 3.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.5
Rule 3.5 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.6
Rule 3.6 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.7
Rule 3.7 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.8
Rule 3.8 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 3.9
Rule 3.9 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Transactions With Persons Other Than Clients
Rule 4.1
Rule 4.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 4.2
Rule 4.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 4.3
Rule 4.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 4.4
Rule 4.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Law Firms and Associations
Rule 5.1
Rule 5.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 5.2
Rule 5.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 5.3
Rule 5.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 5.4
Rule 5.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 5.5
Rule 5.5 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 5.6
Rule 5.6 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 5.7
Rule 5.7 Reporter's Explanation Memo
 
Public Service
Rule 6.1
Rule 6.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 6.2
Rule 6.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 6.3
Rule 6.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 6.4
Rule 6.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 6.5
Rule 6.5 Reporter's Explanation Memo
   
Information About Legal Services
Rule 7.1
Rule 7.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 7.2
Rule 7.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 7.3
Rule 7.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 7.4
Rule 7.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 7.5
Rule 7.5 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 7.6
Rule 7.6 Reporter's Explanation Memo
  
Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
Rule 8.1
Rule 8.1 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 8.2
Rule 8.2 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 8.3
Rule 8.3 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 8.4
Rule 8.4 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Rule 8.5
Rule 8.5 Reporter's Explanation Memo
Minority Report
Minority Report of Lawrence J. Fox, joined in as to Screening by Susan R. Martyn

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