COMMENT INVITED AT STATE BAR PUBLIC HEARINGS ON RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

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

San Francisco, May 13, 2010 — A State Bar commission is holding a May hearing in San Francisco and a June hearing in Los Angeles to receive testimony on new and revised Rules of Professional Conduct that are expected to be adopted by the Board of Governors and then submitted to California Supreme Court for approval.

Two hearings will be conducted by the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct:

SAN FRANCISCO
Friday, May 21
10:30 a.m.
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street, 4th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

LOS ANGELES
Thursday, June 10
10:30 a.m.
The State Bar of California
1149 South Hill Street, Boardroom
Los Angeles, CA  90015

All those interested in testifying or presenting written material should contact Audrey Hollins at 415-538-2167 or audrey.hollins@calbar.ca.gov by May 19 for the May 21st hearing and by June 8 for the June 10th hearing.  Advance registration is encouraged. (Go to public hearing notice and registration form.)

The proposed new and amended Rules of Professional Conduct, on which public comment is invited until June 15, represent eight years of work by the commission and the first comprehensive evaluation of the rules since 1989.  The changes address issues ranging from conflicts of interest and lawyer advertising to confidentiality and sexual relations between lawyers and clients.

Following public input, commission consideration and a vote of the Board of Governors, the proposals will be sent to the California Supreme Court for approval.

A complete list of the rules, along with a copy of the text of each draft rule and other background materials, is available from the State Bar’s website at www.calbar.org/proposedrules.

Founded in 1927 by the 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. By May 2010, membership reached more than 227,000.