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Rules of Professional Conduct

Supreme Judicial Court Rules Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:07: Rules of Professional Conduct

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Client-lawyer relationship

  • Rule 1.1: Competence
  • Rule 1.2: Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer
  • Rule 1.3: Diligence
  • Rule 1.4: Communication
  • Rule 1.5: Fees
  • Rule 1.6: Confidentiality of Information
  • Rule 1.7: Conflict of Interest: Current Clients
  • Rule 1.8: Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules
  • Rule 1.9: Duties to Former Clients
  • Rule 1.10: Imputed Disqualification: General Rule
  • Rule 1.11: Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers and Employees
  • Rule 1.12: Former Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator or Other Third-Party Neutral
  • Rule 1.13: Organization as Client
  • Rule 1.14: Client with Diminished Capacity
  • Rule 1.15: Safekeeping Property
  • Rule 1.15A: Client Files
  • Rule 1.16: Declining or Terminating Representation
  • Rule 1.17: Sale of Law Practice
  • Rule 1.18: Duties to Prospective Client

Counselor

  • Rule 2.1: Advisor
  • Rule 2.2: Intermediary. Reserved June 9, 1997, effective January 1, 1998.
  • Rule 2.3: Evaluation for Use by Third Persons
  • Rule 2.4: Lawyer Serving as Third-Party Neutral

Advocate

  • Rule 3.1: Meritorious Claims and Contentions
  • Rule 3.2: Expediting Litigation
  • Rule 3.3: Candor Toward the Tribunal
  • Rule 3.4: Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
  • Rule 3.5: Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal 
  • Rule 3.6: Trial Publicity
  • Rule 3.7: Lawyer as Witness
  • Rule 3.8: Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor.
  • Rule 3.9: Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings

Transactions with persons other than clients

  • Rule 4.1: Truthfulness in Statements to Others
  • Rule 4.2: Communication with Person Represented by Counsel
  • Rule 4.3: Dealing with Unrepresented Person
  • Rule 4.4: Respect for Rights of Third Persons

Law firms and associations

  • Rule 5.1: Responsibilities of Partners, Managers and Supervisory Lawyers
  • Rule 5.2: Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer
  • Rule 5.3: Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistance
  • Rule 5.4: Professional Independence of a Lawyer
  • Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law
  • Rule 5.6: Restrictions on Right to Practice
  • Rule 5.7: Responsibilities Regarding Law-Related Services

Public service

  • Rule 6.1: Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Rule 6.2: Accepting Appointments
  • Rule 6.3: Membership in Legal Services Organization
  • Rule 6.4: Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
  • Rule 6.5: Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs

Maintaining the integrity of the profession

  • Rule 8.1: Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
  • Rule 8.2: Judicial and Legal Officials
  • Rule 8.3: Reporting Professional Misconduct
  • Rule 8.4: Misconduct
  • Rule 8.5: Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law

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