New Lawyer Conduct Rules Adopted; Standards Aligned With ABA Model
By Joel Stashenko
December 17, 2008
ALBANY – Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and the four presiding Appellate Division justices have formally adopted a new set of attorney ethics rules that proponents say brings New York lawyers in line with their counterparts in most of the rest of the country.
The Rules of Professional Conduct (full text) align ethics standards in form and numbering sequence with the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. That change will make it easier for New York attorneys to reference ethics rules and advisory and legal opinions nationwide when researching issues, supporters of the new rules say.
“It is a tremendous relief to now speak the same language as the rest of the country,” said Steven C. Krane, chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, which proposed the revisions. “The code is dead. Long live the rules.”
Starting April 1, 2009, the Rules of Professional Conduct will replace the New York Code of Professional Responsibility.