Notice: The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct Invites Comments on Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct

The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct ("Committee") invites public comments on proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.  The Committee undertook a comprehensive review of the Massachusetts rules to consider revisions to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

The American Bar Association's Model Rules revisions reflect recommendations made by the ABA's Ethics 2000 Commission and the ABA's Commission on Ethics 20/20.  The comprehensive amendments proposed by the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission responded to changes in the profession since the Model Rules' adoption in 1983. The targeted amendments proposed by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 responded to changes in law practice resulting from globalization and the profession's increased use of technology.

The Supreme Judicial Court website has the following documents available for review:

  • The Committee's Proposed Revisions to Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct 1.0 - 1.4, 1.6 - 1.12, 1.15 - 6.2, 7.1 - 7.5, 8.1 - 8.4. (In recent years, the Supreme Judicial Court has adopted revisions to Rules 1.5, 1.13, 1.14, 6.5 and 8.5, and their respective comments, and the Committee does not propose further amendments to those Rules or comments, and no changes were proposed to Rules 6.3 or 6.4 or their comments.)
  • The Report of the Committee, including an Executive Summary, Explanation of Recommendations, and an Appendix of Special Reports and Dissents.
  • The Committee's proposed revised rules marked to show changes from the current Massachusetts Rules.
  • The Committee's proposed revised rules marked to show changes from the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  

The Committee will make its recommendations to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court following receipt and review of public comments. Comments are due by March 2, 2014, and should be directed to The Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, c/o Senior Attorney Barbara Berenson, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston MA 02108. Comments may also be sent to barbara.berenson@sjc.state.ma.us.

Press Release pdf format of rules-professional-conduct-comment-request-press-release.pdf
and Executive Summary pdf format of rules-professional-conduct-executive-summary.pdf
to the Report of the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct

Report of the Standing Advisory Committee pdf format of rules-professional-conduct-report.pdf

Rules Advisory Committee Proposed Revisions to Mass. Rules of Professional Conduct 1.0 - 1.4, 1.6 - 1.12, 1.15 - 6.2, 7.1 - 7.5, 8.1 - 8.4 pdf format of rules-professional-conduct-proposed-revisions.pdf
 

Rules Advisory Committee Proposed Revisions Compared with Current Mass. Rules pdf format of rules-professional-conduct-comparison-current-mass-rules.pdf

Rules Advisory Committee Proposed Revisions Compared with ABA Model Rules pdf format of rules-professional-conduct-comparison-aba-model-rules.pdf