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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2010

Contact:  Kim Davey, kdavey@texasbar.com, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

State Bar Makes Recommendation to Supreme Court of Texas on Professional Liability Insurance Disclosure

AUSTIN – After hours of debate and months of gathering information from Texas lawyers and the public, the State Bar Board of Directors voted Friday to recommend to the Supreme Court of Texas that lawyers not be required to disclose whether or not they carry professional liability insurance unless a client or prospective client asks for that information. In a June 2009 letter, the Court had asked the Board to make a recommendation on the issue by February 2010.

In addition, the Board unanimously recommended that if disclosure were to be required, that it be done so through an administrative rule rather than a disciplinary rule.
The State Bar has compiled hundreds of pages of comments, reports, and background information to forward to the Court.

For more information on the professional liability insurance disclosure issue, including an executive summary and the results of public hearings, surveys, and focus groups, visit www.texasbar.com/pliflashdrive.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system. 

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