Will Hornsby Reports on Year’s Key Events

Each year, Will Hornsby, as staffer for the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, puts out a summary of key events.  It is all worth a read, but particularly useful is this summary of rule and ethics changes:

Court Rules/Orders/Guidelines

January 2011

Changes were made to the Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct to facilitate limited scope representation by attorneys as one means of addressing the unmet legal needs of low to moderate income people.

March 2011

Changes were made to the Montana Rules of Civil Procedure to facilitate limited scope representation by attorneys as one means of addressing the unmet legal needs of low to moderate income people.

Supreme Court of Montana: Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2, 4.2, and 4.3

Changes were made to the Montana Rules of Professional Conduct to facilitate limited scope representation by attorneys as one means of addressing the unmet legal needs of low to moderate income people.

 May 2011

The Delaware Supreme Court adopted new guidelines to facilitate procedural fairness in the courtroom, particularly when one party is self-represented and one has an attorney.

September 2011

The Indiana Supreme Court amended its Rules of Trial Procedure to facilitate temporary and limited scope representation by attorneys.

October 2011

The Colorado Supreme Court amended its Rules of Civil Procedure to facilitate limited scope representation by attorneys.

November 2011

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit accepted limited scope representation by attorneys. Specifically, the Court found that the attorney’s ghostwriting did not constitute sanctionable misconduct.

Ethics Opinions

February 2011

Formal Opinion 2011-183 finds that limited scope representation is expressly allowed by Oregon RPC 1.2(b) and clarifies that an attorney may limit representation to certain actions or issues.

June 2011

Informal Opinion EI-11-01 discusses limited scope representation in the context of legal information seminars and clarifies the nature of the lawyer-client relationship in this context.

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3 Responses to Will Hornsby Reports on Year’s Key Events

  1. Claudia Johnson says:

    Will—fantastic summary of 2011. Thanks for compiling it and Richard thanks for sharing it (sorry it took 7 months to read it). This, combined with Bob Echol’s work at the ABA are super informative. Please keep sharing/blogging on these.

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