Effective November 1, 2018, California’s new Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC), will become applicable to all California attorneys. The new RPCs include both significantly modified rules and entirely new rules. One new series of rules applicable in California for the first time includes Rules 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3, governing law firms and associations and addressing responsibilities of managerial, supervisorial, and subordinate attorneys. Rules 5.1 and 5.3 bring a new focus to established ethics concepts. Law firms large, medium, and small, should reassess their operations to assure compliance.
You can read more on this new development in my latest article in the August 2018 Los Angeles County Bar Association Update.