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

ABA Public Forum on ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct Lawyer Advertising Rules

On Friday, February 2, 2018, a public forum on proposed amendments to lawyer advertising rules will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Rooms 119 and 120 as part of the ABA MidYear Meeting in Vancouver.

The Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility will host this public forum to discuss and receive comments on its Working Draft of amendments.

The Ethics Committee will release its Working Draft at the close of the 2017 calendar year.

Written comments on this proposal will be accepted until March 1, 2018.  Comments can be emailed to

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Miami, Florida

The APRL proposal can be found here.  APRL has produced two reports detailing their recommendations: APRL’s June 2015 Report and APRL’s April 2016 Report.


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.