Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ABA Committee Publishes Draft Discussion Doc on Domestic and International Outsourcing

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 recently posted a draft discussion document on potential changes to Model Rules of Professional Conduct tied to domestic and international outsourcing. The document is the result of efforts undertaken by the Commission's Outsourcing Working Group.

The document is designed to frame ongoing discussions, not present final recommendations:
  • "The Draft does not constitute an endorsement or rejection of the practice of outsourcing by lawyers and law firms, but was drafted to recognize the growth of outsourcing practices and to suggest ways in which lawyers engaging in the practice can do so ethically and responsibly."
  • "...the Commission analyzed a significant volume of materials including, but not limited to, all available legal ethics opinions; news reports, scholarly articles, studies and surveys; testimony offered at the Commission’s public hearings; and comments received in response to questions that were specifically tailored to the experiences and concerns of clients, lawyers, law firms, and providers of outsourced services. "
Interested parties are encouraged to review the discussion document, background materials, and draft changes to Model Rules and submit comments are requested by January 31, 2011.

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