MATERIALS ON HOUSE REPORT 109
ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility

At its 2009 Midyear Meeting, the ABA House of Delegates adopted Report 109 from the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility that amends Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.10 (“Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule”) and 1.0 ("Terminology") to permit the screening of a lawyer who moves laterally from one private law firm to another, so that conflicts of interest that apply to the moving lawyer under Model Rule 1.9 (“Duties to Former Clients”) are not imputed to all the other lawyers in the new law firm. During the August, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting, the House of Delegates adopted a housekeeping amendment to amend Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.10 (“Imputation of Conflicts” General Rule”)

These materials describe the proposal:

These materials provide additional background and state various reasons supporting approval of Report 109:

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