Morrison Mahoney partner Alan Brown was recently quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly regarding upcoming amendments to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.
These changes include raising the bar for civility in the practice of law, expressly applying the Rules to lawyers acting as neutrals and in non-professional capacities, and new standards governing a managing lawyer’s responsibilities when a colleague becomes mentally, emotionally or physically impaired. According to Brown, the amendments also provide clarity to practitioners with respect to other key issues.
Brown says often times he represents a lawyer who questions being subjected to discipline on the ground that the alleged misconduct occurred while the lawyer was acting as a mediator or while representing him or herself on a personal matter. “These amendments make clear that the rules absolutely apply to a lawyer in those circumstances, whether or not you have a client, and whether or not you were actually practicing law at the time,” Brown says.
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