The State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors unanimously supports a petition
to amend the Wisconsin Professional Rules of Conduct for Attorneys. The
State Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee drafted and recommended
the petition, which reflects recent approved changes to the ABA Model
Rules of Professional Conduct as recommended by the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission.
Wisconsin’s ethics rules are based on the ABA Model Rules with some
differences specific to Wisconsin. The Ethics Committee, which studied
the rules for two years, believes changes are necessary to address technology,
outsourcing, disaggregation of legal services, and other modern day factors
that are affecting the practice of law.
The petition will be submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court this month.
Look for an in-depth explanation of the proposed changes in the Feb. 4
For a brief overview of the petition’s recommended changes, see “
Highlights of Proposed Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys.”
Excerpted from State Bar of Wisconsin:
State Bar Board Supports Changes to Modernize Ethics Rules, Backs Mandatory
E-filing Proposal, Takes Other Actions