October 12, 2018

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

  • On Monday, August 6, the ABA House of Delegates passed Resolution 101, adopting amendments to the lawyer advertising rules. A clean version of the amendments as adopted can be found here.

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Revised Proposal on Lawyer Advertising Rules

On July 30, 2018, the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released a revised draft of proposed Resolution and Report 101.  Read the latest draft

Prior Working Drafts:

  • Revised draft of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Advertising Resolution and Report
  • On March 23, 2018, the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released a revised draft of the advertising proposals. To read the revised draft, click here.
  • On March 28, 2018, the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility hosted a webinar on its proposal to amend the Model Rules of Professional Conduct governing lawyer advertising. An MP3 recording of that program is available and the PowerPoint used during the program.
  • In December 2017, 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 was posted.

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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.

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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.