Proposed Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
The Supreme Court of Texas has ordered a referendum on proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the Interpretive Comments to the rules.
Background on the amendment process
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 held a special meeting of its board of directors on Nov. 5, 2010, at the Texas Law Center to finalize recommendations to the Supreme Court of Texas regarding proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The final proposed amendments and proposed referendum ballot and timeline are posted below. These materials will be submitted to the Supreme Court of Texas on Nov. 8, 2010. If you have questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To provide input on the proposed amendments, please leave a comment on Texas Bar Blog.
Final Proposed Amendments - Nov. 5, 2010
Preliminary Proposed Amendments
Redlined Proposed Rules 1.06 - 1.09 [Oct. 1, 2010] [PDF]
Comparison Table: Current and Proposed Rules 1.06 - 1.09 [PDF]
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