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As of March 1, 2013, the Legal Information Institute is no longer maintaining the information in the American Legal Ethics Library. It is no longer possible for us to maintain it at a level of completeness and accuracy given its staffing needs. It is very possible that we will revive it at a future time. At this point, it is in need of a complete technological renovation and reworking of the "correspondent firm" model which successfully sustained it for many years.

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Illinois Legal Ethics

VI. PUBLIC SERVICE

6.1   Rule 6.1 Pro Bono Public Service

6.1:100   Comparative Analysis of Illinois Rule

Primary Illinois References:
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.1, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

6.1:101      Model Rule Comparison

Illinois did not adopt MR 6.1 (Pro Bono Publico Service) because it was felt that it would be impossible to administer if its provisions were made mandatory, and would be purely aspirational if left in its present form. A statement, affirming the bar's duty to serve the public, is contained in the Preamble to the IRPC.

There was no parallel provision in the Illinois Code.

6.1:102      Model Code Comparison

[The discussion of this topic has not yet been written.]

6.1:200   Lawyer's Moral Obligation to Engage in Public Interest Legal Service

Primary Illinois References:
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.1, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 91:6001, ALI-LGL , Wolfram 16.9

6.2   Rule 6.2 Accepting Appointments

6.2:100   Comparative Analysis of Illinois Rule

Primary Illinois References: IL Rule 6.2
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.2, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

6.2:101      Model Rule Comparison

IRPC 6.2 is MR 6.2, slightly modified.

There is no parallel provision in the Illinois Code.

6.2:102      Model Code Comparison

[The discussion of this topic has not yet been written.]

6.2:200   Duty to Accept Court Appointments Except for Good Cause

Primary Illinois References: IL Rule 6.2
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.2, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 91:6201, ALI-LGL 26, Wolfram 16.9

6.3   Rule 6.3 Membership in Legal Services Organization

6.3:100   Comparative Analysis of Illinois Rule

Primary Illinois References: IL Rule 6.3
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.3, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

6.3:101      Model Rule Comparison

IRPC 6.3 is MR 6.3, modified to limit its effect to non-profit organizations, and with changes in language regarding knowledge. Illinois requires that the legal services organization be non-profit. There was no parallel provision in the Illinois Code.

6.3:102      Model Code Comparison

[The discussion of this topic has not yet been written.]

6.3:200   Conflicts of Interest of Lawyers Participating in a Legal Services Organization

Primary Illinois References: IL Rule 6.3
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.3, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 91:6401, ALI-LGL 216, Wolfram 16.7.4

6.4   Rule 6.4 Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests

6.4:100   Comparative Analysis of Illinois Rule

Primary Illinois References: IL Rule 6.4
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.4, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

6.4:101      Model Rule Comparison

The IRPC is MR 6.4, slightly modified.

6.4:102      Model Code Comparison

[The discussion of this topic has not yet been written.]

6.4:200   Conflicts of Interest of Lawyers Participating in Law Reform Organizations

Primary Illinois References: IL Rule 6.4
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.4, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 91:6401, ALI-LGL , Wolfram 13.8

6.5   Rule 6.5 Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Service Programs

6.5:100   Comparative Analysis of IL Rule

Primary Illinois References:
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.5, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

MR 6.5 was added in February 2002. The Reporter's explanation of the change reads as follows:

Rule 6.5 is a new Rule in response to the Commission's concern that a strict application of the conflict-of-interest rules may be deterring lawyers from serving as volunteers in programs in which clients are provided short-term limited legal services under the auspices of a nonprofit organization or a court-annexed program. The paradigm is the legal-advice hotline or pro se clinic, the purpose of which is to provide short-term limited legal assistance to persons of limited means who otherwise would go unrepresented.

6.5:101      Model Rule Comparison

Illinois has not adopted the new model rule.

6.5:200   Scope of Rule

Primary Illinois References:
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.5, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

Illinois has not adopted the new model rule.

6.5:300   Special Conflict of Interest Rule

Primary Illinois References:
Background References: ABA Model Rule 6.5, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

Illinois has not adopted the new model rule.