ABA ‘Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2012 Edition,’ is Now Available

CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2012 — The latest edition of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct is now available from the _ Center for Professional Responsibility. As the legal profession’s resource on legal ethics, the rules provide guidance to federal, state and local courts in all jurisdictions on resolving lawyer malpractice cases, disciplinary actions, disqualification issues and sanctions questions, among other issues.

In this up-to-date volume, the black-letter Rules of Professional Conduct are followed by numbered comments that explain each rule’s purpose and provide suggestions for its practical application. The rules help lawyers and legal professionals identify proper conduct in a variety of given situations, review those instances where discretionary action is possible, and define the nature of the relationship between lawyers and their clients, colleagues and the courts.

Convenient tables within the book provide cross-references to corollary provisions of the former ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility. In addition, the new edition includes four recent ethics opinions issued by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, an appendix containing a list of amendments to the rules by date and by rule, and an appendix containing the reports and recommendations filed by the Commission on Ethics 20/20 for the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting.

The ABA Center for Professional Responsibility advances the public interest by promoting and encouraging high ethical conduct and professionalism by lawyers and judges. The Center provides leadership and guidance to the legal profession and the judiciary by developing, interpreting and promoting the implementation of policies and standards that govern the conduct and regulation of lawyers and judges, including examining the challenges and opportunities of today’s global legal environment, and by producing scholarly and other resources. These efforts seek to assure that lawyers and judges perform their duties in a manner that advances respect for the rule of law, the legal process, the legal profession and the judiciary.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Title: Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2012 Edition
ublisher: ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
ages: 336
oduct Code: 2170045
ize: 6 x 9
ice: $24.95, ($18.95 for Center for Professional Responsibility members)
rders: Order the book here or call 800-285-2221.

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by emailing Neal Cox at If you publish a review of this book, please send tearsheets or a copy for our files to Neal Cox, c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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