Handbook changes

The Benchers have amended Chapter 6 and Appendix 5 of the Professional Conduct Handbook, (the “Martin v. Gray” rules), clarifying and streamlining the rules that permit law firms to continue to act for existing clients, notwithstanding that a lawyer transferring into the firm had previously worked in the law firm that represented the opposing side, provided that certain steps are taken to protect confidential information.

The Benchers have added new Rules 7.01 to 7.04 and footnote 4 to Chapter 6 of the Handbook, exempting lawyers who deliver short-term services in court-annexed or non-profit programs or clinics from some conflicts rules in limited circumstances.

Copies of the Handbook changes are included in the Member’s Manual amendment package as part of this mailing.