Thursday, March 31, 2011

ABA Seeking Input on Multijurisdictional Practice Rules

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 just published and is seeking comments on an issue paper on multijurisdictional practice issues. The paper, drafted by the Working Group on Uniformity, Choice of Law and Conflicts of Interest, is available on the ABA web site.

This discussion focuses on rules for lawyers practicing across state and country lines and potential changes to Model Rule 5.5 (Unauthorized Practice Of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice Of Law) to update (and potentially liberalize) guidelines. The paper includes an interesting review of different models employed by Canada, the EU, Australia and Colorado. Interested parties are encouraged to submit feedback to the ABA.

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