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December 2016 Archives

New ethics rules proposed for California lawyers

While many buy into the stereotype that lawyers are generally unethical, lawyers are bound by ethical rules that if broken, can have severe consequences. In California, lawyers must adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct, written by the State Bar of California. The scope of the Rules runs a wide gamut of topics and duties, including regulating intimate relationships between lawyers and clients. The State Bar is currently reviewing these rules in preparation for revisions, including a proposed change to ban sexual relationships between lawyers and clients - a proposal that has left some lawyers unhappy.