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August 13, 2018

Task Force on the Model Definition of the Practice of Law

Comments on Draft Definition

10 December 2002

Arthur H. Garwin
American Bar Association
541 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3375

Re: ABA Draft Definition of the Practice of Law

Dear Art:

I will not be able to attend the open hearings on the ABA’s proposed definition of the practice of law. However, I wish to register my view, informed by my own quarter century’s research on this subject, that the proposed definition is overbroad, and that it ill serves the public’s interest. I have set forth my concerns in many publications that I will not attempt to summarize here. I will, however, attach an overview of that work published in my recent book, In the Interests of Justice: reforming the Legal Profession (Oxford Press, 2000). Other references to my work are cited in the endnotes to that excerpt.

Thank you for your consideration.


Deborah L. Rhode