12th Edition (2022)
1656 pages

  • What Minnesota Legal Ethics Is All About
  • Interpreting and Applying the Rules and Other Authorities 
  • The Attorney-Client Relationship 
  • Rule 1.0—Terminology 
  • Rule 1.1—Competence 
  • Rule 1.2—Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer 
  • Rule 1.3—Diligence and Promptness 
  • Rule 1.4—Communication 
  • Rule 1.5—Fees 
  • Rule 1.6—Confidentiality 
  • Introduction to Conflicts of Interest 
  • Rule 1.7(a)(1)—Current Client “Directly Adverse” Conflicts 
  • Rule 1.7(a)(2)—Materially Limited Representation Conflicts 
  • Rule 1.7(b)—Conflict Waivers
  • Rule 1.8(a)—Business Dealings with Clients and Security Interests in Client Property 
  • Rule 1.8(c)—Lawyer as Scrivener/Beneficiary 
  • Rule 1.8(d)—Literary or Media Rights Conflicts 
  • Rule 1.8(e)—Client Loans, Costs and Expenses 
  • Rules 1.8(f) and 5.4(c)—Insurers and Other Third Party Payor Conflicts and Confidentiality Issues 
  • Rule 1.8(g)—Aggregate Settlements 
  • Rule 1.8(h)—Limiting Lawyer Liability to Client 
  • Rule 1.8(i)—Acquiring a Proprietary Interest in the Subject of a Client’s Litigation 
  • Rule 1.8(j)—Sex with Clients 
  • Rule 1.9—“Duties to Former Clients” 
  • Rule 1.10 and Rule 1.8(k)—Imputed Conflicts 
  • Rule 1.11—Conflicts for Former and Current Public Lawyer Employees and for Former Adjudicators and Neutrals 
  • Rule 1.12—Former Judge, Neutral, or Law Clerk 
  • Rule 1.13—Organization as Client 
  • Rule 1.14—Client Under A Disability
  • Rule 1.15—Trust Accounts 
  • Rule 1.16—Terminating Representation
  • Rule 1.17—Sale of Law Practice 
  • Rule 1.18—Duties to Prospective Client 
  • Rules 2.1, 2.3, 2.4—Counselor, Evaluator, Neutral 
  • Rule 3.1—Frivolous Claims 
  • Rule 3.2—Expediting Litigation 
  • Rule 3.3—Candor Toward the Tribunal 
  • Rule 3.4—Fairness, Evidence, Witnesses, Rules, and Orders 
  • Rule 3.5—Improper Contacts With Jurors and Adjudicators, Disruptive Conduct 
  • Rule 3.6—Trial Publicity 
  • Rule 3.7—Lawyer as Witness 
  • Rule 3.8—Prosecutor’s Special Responsibilities 
  • Rule 3.9—Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings 
  • Rule 4.2—Communication With a Person Represented By Counsel 
  • Rule 4.3—Contact with Unrepresented Party 
  • Rule 4.4—Respect for Rights of Third Persons
  • Rules 5.1–5.3—Lawyers’ Supervisory Duties 
  • Rule 5.4—Nonlawyers and Law Firms 
  • Rules 5.5, 5.8, 8.5—Unauthorized Practice Of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice Of Law; Law Firm Employment Of Suspended Or Disbarred Lawyers 
  • Rule 5.6—Restrictions on Right to Practice 
  • Rule 5.7—Law-Related Services 
  • Rules 6.1–6.5—Public Service 
  • Rules 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5—Advertising, Marketing, and Ethics 
  • Rule 7.3—Solicitation of Clients 
  • Rules 8.1, 8.3—Providing Information to Professional Authorities 
  • Rule 8.2—Judicial and Legal Officials 
  • Rules 8.4(a), (e), and (f)—Assisting or Attempting Rule Violations 
  • Rule 8.4(b)—Criminal Conduct 
  • Rules 8.4(c), 4.1—Misconduct: Dishonesty, Misrepresentation
  • Rule 8.4(d)—Misconduct: Conduct Prejudicial to Administration of Justice 
  • Rule 8.4(g)–(h)—Misconduct: Harassment and Discrimination 
  • Rule 8.4(i)—Misconduct: Failing to Honor Fee Arbitration Award


AUTHOR

William J. Wernz is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on legal ethics. Formerly ethics counsel for Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, he served first as a staff attorney and later as director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, where he prosecuted attorney discipline cases.

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