Legal Ethics Forum: ABA Adopts Final Proposals from Ethics 20/20

ABA Ethics 20/20 reports recommend changes to Model Rules of Professional Conduct – Legal Ethics Forum
Summary by Chief Reporter Andrew Perlman

Overview Report HERE.  Go to the post above for links to each proposed model rule change and the rule-specific report.
Resolution 107A amended Model Rule 5.5 so that it expressly permits qualified foreign lawyers to serve as in-house counsel while based at their employers’ U.S. offices.

Resolution 107B amended the 2008 ABA Model Rule for Registration of In-House Counsel to bring foreign lawyers within the scope of that Rule.

Resolution 107C amended the ABA Model Rule on Pro Hac Vice Admission so that it provides guidance to judges who may be asked to grant pro hac vice admission to qualified foreign lawyers. 

Resolution 107D amended Comment [5] to Rule 8.5 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct so that it expressly allows a lawyer and client to specify a particular jurisdiction as the jurisdiction where the “predominant effect” of the lawyer’s conduct will occur for purposes of a choice of law analysis under Model Rule 8.5.

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