Proposals Would Affect Conflict-of-Interest Rules


(“Fish are our friends.” Photo composition of Bruce A. Campbell photos: shark and clown fish.)

The proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct could change the ethics rules for Texas lawyers. The State Bar of Texas published a second set of proposed rules on its website in April. Although each of theĀ  proposed amendments is important, the conflict-of-interest rules are particularly worthy of discussion; space constraints permits discussion of only a few.

Five of the existing disciplinary rules primarily govern conflicts of interest.

  • Rule 1.06 governs current-client conflicts;
  • Rule 1.09 addresses former-client conflicts;
  • Rule 1.08 concerns prohibited transactions;
  • Rule 1.07 is sometimes known as the lawyer-intermediary rule; and
  • Rule 1.10 concerns lawyers who are, or were, employed in government service.

Read the full article published in Texas Lawyer 17 May 2010.

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