Proposed Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the Interpretive Comments to the rules. The amendments are the product of extensive debate by the Court, the Task Force on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar's Committee on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
Overall the amendments are intended to enhance the public's protection, provide better guidance to lawyers, reflect current practices, and clarify disciplinary standards to reduce uncertainty and improve lawyers' compliance with these standards. The principal objective in that is protecting the legal profession's integrity.
The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors will make additional recommendations to the Court by Oct. 6, 2010. A referendum of Texas lawyers on the proposed changes is expected to follow in November or December.
Leading up to the board's recommendations there will be a series of public hearings around the state. Details will be posted here soon.
To provide input on the proposed amendments, please leave a comment on Texas Bar Blog.
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If you have questions or comments, please contact Ray Cantu, firstname.lastname@example.org or (800)204-2222, Ext. 1506.
Letters regarding Proposed Rule 3.05 [PDF]