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Court orders referendum on disciplinary rules



The Supreme Court of Texas has ordered a referendum of Texas lawyers on proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The referendum will take place between January 18 and February 17, 2011. State Bar members will have the option of voting online or by paper ballot. 

The proposed Rules and interpretive comments will be published in the December issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Lawyers will vote only on the proposed Rules, not the interpretive comments.  

Click here for the Court's order.

Click here for the referendum ballot.

Click here for Exhibit A (the proposed Rules and interpretive comments) [large file].

Click here for Exhibit B (a redlined version of the proposed changes) [large file].

For more information on the process leading to the referendum, visit texasbar.com/rulesupdate or email rcantu@texasbar.com.

 

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King Waters - November 25, 2010 8:17 AM

The proposed rule about not having sex with clients...

Does it encourage new or aspiring lawyers to have as many romantic liaisons as possible prior to representation so as to maximize the available pool once representation ensues?

Does it unfairly discriminate in favor of younger bar members, who had the option?

What disclosure must a lawyer make to a date--"I might never be able to represent you..."--or to a client--"We might never be able to date..."?

My wife and I have been married 38 years, and law partners for the past 15. We were just wondering...

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