The Influence of the American Lawyers’ Code of Conduct on ABA Rules and Standards

In 1980, the Kutak Commission published a Discussion Draft of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct (“Model Rules”). Out of concern that the Model Rules would not adequately reflect the views of practicing lawyers, or adequately protect the interests of clients, the Roscoe Pound American Trial Lawyers Foundation asked me to serve as Reporter for what became The American Lawyers’ Code of Conduct (“ALCC”). The ALCC was published in 1980 as a Public Discussion Draft. My work as Reporter was overseen by a commission on professional responsibility, which consisted of twenty-eight lawyers, judges, and non-lawyers. The Commission met to discuss drafts of provisions as they were being prepared, and made significant contributions.

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