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Proposed amendments to Rules 5-110 and 5-220 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California
By statute, the Board of Trustees (“Board”) has the authority to adopt amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California that are binding upon all members of the State Bar once those rules are approved by the California Supreme Court. (Business and Professions Code sections 6076 and 6077.) The Board has assigned the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct (“Commission”) to conduct a study of the Rules of Professional Conduct and to recommend comprehensive amendments.
At the request of the Commission, the Board has authorized an immediate 90 day public comment period on proposed amended Rules 5-110 and 5-220 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Commission recommended, and the Board agreed, that the processing of these proposed amendments should be prioritized and handled on a separate track from the Commission’s comprehensive proposed amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct that are anticipated to be submitted to the Board in June of 2016.The agenda item and attachments linked below describe the proposed rules in detail, including an alternative version of paragraph (D) of proposed amended Rule 5-110 that was considered by the Commission but not adopted.
In addition, a public hearing to receive oral comment on these proposed amended rules is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2016. For more information concerning this hearing, please read the State Bar news release.
Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California
Feb. 29, 2016