Notice on the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct (October 29, 2014) pdf format of SJC Justices Announcement-Rules of Professional Conduct

Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 1.0 -1.5, 1.7 - 1.9, 1.11 - 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9 - 5.0, 5.2, 5.4 - 6.2, 7.1 - 7.5, 8.1 - 8.4 (October 29, 2014) pdf format of Mass. Rules of Professional Conduct - October 2014

 

Standing Advisory Committee's Supplemental Report to the Justices Concerning Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct

In July 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct published proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct and invited public comment. Comments were initially due on December 2, 2013, but the Committee extended this date until March 2, 2014 after receiving numerous requests for additional time. The Committee has carefully reviewed the thirteen comments submitted, and has made certain revisions to its initial proposal. On May 14, 2014, the Committee submitted the following to the Justices:
 

  • Supplemental Report of the Standing Advisory Committee (this Report supplements the Report dated July 1, 2013).
  • Standing Advisory Committee's Proposed Revisions to Mass. Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 1.0 - 6.2, 7.1 - 7.5, 8.1 - 8.4. (This proposal includes minor changes to several rules that were not included in the original proposal. These minor changes generally include clarifications or updated cross-references).
  • The Committee's proposed revised rules marked to show changes from the proposal dated July 1, 2013.
  •  The Committee's proposed revised rules marked to show changes from the current Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • The Committee's proposed revised rules marked to show changes from the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • The Comments received in response to the request for public comments.
Relevant Documents

Advisory Committee's Proposed Revisions dated May 14, 2014 pdf format of Advisory Committee's Proposed Revisions (May 14, 2014)
Supplemental Report of the Advisory Committee dated May 14, 2014 pdf format of Supplemental Report of the Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee's Proposed Revisions Compared with Proposal dated July 1, 2013 pdf format of Proposal of May 2014 Compared to Proposal of July 2013
Advisory Committee's Proposed Revisions Compared with Current Mass. Rules pdf format of Proposed Revisions Compared with Current Mass. Rules
Advisory Committee's Proposed Revisions Compared with ABA Model Rules pdf format of Proposed Revisions Compared with ABA Model Rules

The Advisory Committee's initial report dated July 1, 2013 is available here pdf format of rules-professional-conduct-report.pdf
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Comments Submitted by Organizations and Public Officials

Below are copies of all comments received from bar associations and governmental offices in response to the Standing Advisory Committee's request for comments. Comments received from several individuals are not included.  If you wish to review those comments, please contact Barbara Berenson at Barbara.Berenson@sjc.state.ma.us.

Association of Corporate Counsel pdf format of Comments - Association of Corporate Counsel
Boston Bar Association pdf format of Comments - Boston Bar Association
Committee for Public Counsel Services pdf format of Comments - Committee for Public Counsel Services
IOLTA Committee pdf format of Comments - IOLTA Committee
 
Mass. Academy of Trial Attorneys pdf format of Comments - Mass. Academy of Trial Attorneys
file size 1MB
Mass. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers pdf format of Comments -Mass. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley pdf format of Comments - Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley
Mass. Bar Association pdf format of Comments - Mass. Bar Association
file size 5MB
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley pdf format of Comments - Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley
U.S. Attorney for the District of Mass. Carmen Ortiz pdf format of Comments - U.S. Attorney