Rules of Professional Conduct

Here is a list of the rules, with a hyperlink to text of each rule and its comments.  This includes all amendments through June 7, 2016.  There are no proposed amendments pending.



Scope (yes, the Scope begins with paragraph 14)

Rule 1.0. Terminology

Client-Lawyer Relationship

Rule 1.1.  Competence  (effective 12/10/18)

Rule 1.2.  Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority between Client and Lawyer

Rule 1.3.  Diligence

Rule 1.4.  Communication

Rule 1.5.  Fees

Rule 1.6. Confidentiality of Information

Rule 1.7. Conflicts of Interest: Current Clients

Rule 1.8.  Conflicts of Interests: Current Clients: Specific Rules

Rule 1.9.  Duties to Former Clients

Rule 1.10.  Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule

Rule 1.11.Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers and Employees

Rule 1.12. Former Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator or Other Third-Party Neutral

Rule 1.13. Organization as a Client

Rule 1.14.  Client with Diminished Capacity

Rule 1.15.  Safekeeping Property

Rule 1.15A. Trust Accounting System

Rule 1.15B.  Pooled Interest-Bearing Trust Accounts

Rule 1.16.  Declining or Terminating Representation

Rule 1.17 Sale of Law Practice

Rule 1.18. Duties to Prospective Clients


Rule 2.1.  Advisor

Rule 2.3  Evaluation for Use by a Third Person

Rule 2.4.  Lawyer Service as a Third-Party Neutral


Rule 3.1  Meritorious Claims and Contentions

Rule 3.2  Expediting Litigation

Rule 3.3  Candor Toward the Tribunal

Rule 3.4  Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel

Rule 3.5  Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal

Rule 3.6  Trial Publicity

Rule 3.7  Lawyer as Witness

Rule 3.8  Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor

Rule 3.9  Advocate in Non-Adjudicative Proceedings

Transactions with Persons other than Clients

Rule 4.1 Truthfulness in Statements to Others

Rule 4.2  Communication with Person Represented by Counsel

Rule 4.3  Dealing with Unrepresented Person

Rule 4.4  Respect for Rights of Third Persons

Rule 4.5  Threatening Criminal Prosecution

Law Firms and Associations

Rule 5.1  Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers

Rule 5.2  Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer

Rule 5.3  Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants

Rule 5.4  Professional Independence of a Lawyer

Rule 5.5  Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law

Rule 5.6  Restrictions on Right to Practice

Rule 5.7  Responsibilities Regarding Law Related Services

Public Service

Rule 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service

Rule 6.2  Accepting Appointments

Rule 6.3  Membership in Legal Services Organization

Rule 6.4  Law Reform Activities Affecting Clients

Rule 6.5 Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs

Information about Legal Services

Rule 7.1 Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services

Rule 7.2  Advertising

Rule 7.3  Direct Contact with Prospective Clients

Rule 7.4 Communication of Fields of Practice and Specialization

Rule 7.5 Firm Name and Letterheads

Rule 7.6  Political Contributions to Obtain Government Legal Engagements or Appointments by Judges

Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession

Rule 8.1  Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters

Rule 8.2  Judicial and Legal Officials

Rule 8.3  Reporting Professional Misconduct

Rule 8.4  Misconduct

Rule 8.5  Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law

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