MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis    (415) 538-2028   diane.curtis@calbar.ca.gov

San Francisco, October 26, 2009 — The public is invited to comment on proposed changes to the rules that govern the state's lawyers at a Nov. 10 hearing of the State Bar of California's Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The hearing on the proposed changes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the State Bar's San Francisco office at 180 Howard Street. Those interested in speaking at the hearing can find more information on the bar's Web site at: calbar.ca.gov (Go to " Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.") Or, contact Audrey Hollins at: audrey.hollins@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2167. Please register to testify or present written materials by Monday, Nov. 6.

The commission is currently focusing on 11 proposed new or amended rules dealing with such subjects as scope of representation, confidentiality of information, use of confidential information, imputation of personal conflicts, imputation of conflicts in general, duties to former clients, responsibilities of a prosecutor and choice of law, and rules concerning former judges, arbitrators and mediators.

The proposed rules are circulating for public comment. The deadline to submit comments is Nov. 13. The proposed rules and public comment instructions can be found at the bar's Web site: www.calbar.ca.gov (Go to " Public Comment").

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, the State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. In October 2009, membership reached more than 223,000.