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Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

Law360 (September 17, 2018, 2:27 PM EDT) -- The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1, 2018. Until now, California has been the only state that does not base its rules on the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

That changes in November, when 69 rules approved by the California Supreme Court will replace the 46 rules that currently govern attorney conduct. Some of the new rules mirror the language used by the ABA, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions.

The State Bar of California’s commission responsible for drafting the rule...

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