Model Rules of Professional Conduct
7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 & 7.5
Proposed Amendments to Model Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 7.1 - 7.5
The Working Draft of the proposed amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct on lawyer advertising was approved by the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the Memorandum explaining those changes is now available.
The Ethics Committee hosted a public forum to collect ideas and comments on the Working Draft on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Vancouver at the MidYear Meeting at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
All written comments on the Working Draft should be filed by March 1, 2018. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments will be posted on the ABA website.
The Ethics Committee will review all comments prior to submitting to the House of Delegates a resolution and report amending the Model Rules of Professional Conduct on lawyer advertising for the August 2018 meeting.
In The News
In April, the Virginia Supreme Court amended the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct regulating lawyer advertising. The amended rules are available here. In March, the Virginia State Bar voted to send suggestions for amendments to lawyer advertising rules that relied on the core prohibition against false and misleading statements while not intending to weaken the rule. The State Bar explained, that the changes stemmed from recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on commercial speech and were “intended to reflect the reality of internet marketing.” The State Bar proposal was based on amendments recommended by the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.