The American Bar Association recently made changes to its “Model
Rules of Professional Conduct.” This recent change prompted the
state of Ohio to evaluate its professional rules of conduct. After a thorough
review, Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled to adopt the changes. The most
notable amendments are listed below:
- Lawyers must stay privy to both the risks and rewards involving technology.
This includes, but is not limited to, making a “reasonable effort”
to keep client information confidential.
- Expanding Rule 4.4 to include electronically stored information. This increases
the lawyer’s responsibility upon receiving information.
- Concerning Rules 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 involving online advertising, telemarketing,
and text message solicitations.
- Lawyers are now allowed limited disclosures of confidential information
for the purpose of discovering and resolving conflicts – conflicts
that specifically involve a change of employment or ownership of a law firm.
- Lawyers are prohibited from soliciting minors as potential clients.
To view the amendments,
visit the Supreme Court document.