State Bar of Texas
February 17, 2011

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

State Bar of Texas Announces Results of Referendum on Proposed Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

AUSTIN – The State Bar of Texas today announced results of a referendum on proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.

State Bar members voted down the proposed amendments to the rules.

Of those licensed attorneys eligible to vote, 44 percent voted.

“Texas lawyers elected not to adopt these rules. We expect that this will not be the end of the Supreme Court’s interest in making revisions to these rules,” said State Bar of Texas President Terry Tottenham.

“It was the culmination of a long process that started in 2003. It was time to put these proposals before the lawyers of Texas,” Tottenham said.

“The debate was rigorous – from the time the Supreme Court first put the proposed amendments out for comment in October 2009 through today, the final day of voting.”

For background and additional information, visit www.texasbar.com/rulesupdate.

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.