Environmental Law Practitioner’s Guide to the Model Rules - NR&E | Winter 2011
This article presents an overview of how the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct govern some of the more common ethical dilemmas that environmental lawyers may encounter in the field. From representation of multiple potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in a Superfund cleanup negotiation to retention of scientific experts for trial or compliance with environmental statutes’ reporting provisions, environmental lawyers face a wide range of ethical obligations in their everyday practice. Moreover, many of these ethical duties are evolving as electronic record-keeping and online communication raise new questions about client confidentiality and attorney advertising. Incorporating these recent developments, this article surveys how ethical rules arise and interact in variety of environmental contexts.