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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.

Proposed Amendments

Redlined Proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and interpretive comments, excluding Rules 1.06-1.09 [Oct. 1, 2010] [PDF]

Redlined Proposed Rules 1.06 - 1.09 [Oct. 1, 2010] [PDF]

Overview of Proposed Amendments [PDF]

Board DCAAP Committee Recommendations [PDF]

Public Education Hearing Schedule

Schedule of statewide public education hearings [PDF]

Public Education Hearing Blog Posts and Audio

(for best results, right-click and select "Save Target As" to download)

Lubbock (8/30/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

El Paso (8/31/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

Houston (9/1/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

Tyler (9/2/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

Dallas (9/3/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

Corpus Christi (9/7/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

McAllen (9/8/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

San Antonio (9/9/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

Austin (9/10/10) - Blog post | MP3 audio

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments, please contact Ray Cantu, ray.cantu@texasbar.com or (800)204-2222, Ext. 1506.

Public Input

Open letter from Tom "Smitty"Smith [PDF]

Public Citizen Letter to Supreme Court of Texas [PDF]

Letter regarding Proposed Rule 1.13 [PDF]

Letters regarding Proposed Rule 3.05 [PDF]

Ex Parte Issues in the Administrative Setting: Opinion No. 587 and Proposed Changes to Rule 3.05, Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, Exhibit A

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