Sunday, August 29, 2021

Comments on recent developments in the regulation of the profession

 As I am sure you know, one of the (if not the) hottest topics in Professional Responsibility today is the development of new approaches to regulation of the profession, including the significant changes approved in Utah and Arizona.  The topic continues to be debated and here are two good sources of information.

In a short article published by the solo practitioners division of the ABA, the authors argue that Model Rule 5.4 is unnecessary because it causes more harm than it provides benefits to the profession and the public.  

The article is one of several published in the magazine on subjects related to regulation reform, and Law Sites hosted a podcast in which five of the articles published in the magazine discuss their articles and ideas.  You can listen to the podcast here or click on the play button below.  The panelists discuss, among other things, Model Rule 5.4, whether lawyers should be allowed to share fees and partner with non-lawyers, the regulatory changes in Utah and Arizona, and the now abandoned Legal Technicians program in Washington state.

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