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End-of-life notice: American Legal Ethics Library

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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Maryland Legal Ethics

1.3   Rule 1.3 Diligence

1.3:100   Comparative Analysis of Maryland Rule

Primary Maryland References: MD Rule 1.3
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.3, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

1.3:101      Model Rule Comparison

Maryland Rule 1.3, MR 1.3 and the respective comment sections are substantively identical.

1.3:102      Model Code Comparison

Several sections of the Model Code are now encompassed by Maryland Rule 1.3. DR 6-101(A)(3) requires that a lawyer not "neglect a matter entrusted to him." EC 6-4 states that a lawyer should "give appropriate attention to his legal work." EC 7 states that "a lawyer should represent a client zealously within the bounds of law." DR 7-101(A)(1) provides that "a lawyer shall not intentionally . . . fail to seek the lawful objectives of his client through reasonably available means permitted by law and the Disciplinary Rules . . . ." DR 7-101(A)(3) provides that "a lawyer shall not intentionally . . . prejudice or damage his client during the course of the relationship."

1.3:200   Diligence and "Zeal"

Primary Maryland References: MD Rule 1.3
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.3, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 31:401, ALI-LGL 28, Wolfram 10.3

This section has not yet been completed.

1.3:300   Promptness

Primary Maryland References: MD Rule 1.3
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.3, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 31:401, ALI-LGL 28, Wolfram 10.3

This section has not yet been completed.

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