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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.

Many people have contributed time and effort to the project over the years, and we would like to thank them. In particular, Roger Cramton and Peter Martin not only conceived ALEL but gave much of their own labor to it. We are also grateful to Brad Wendel for his editorial contributions, to Brian Toohey and all at Jones Day for their efforts, and to all of our correspondents and contributors. Thank you.

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Some portions of the collection may already be severely out of date, so please be cautious in your use of this material.


Michigan Legal Ethics

1.4   Rule 1.4 Communication

1.4:100   Comparative Analysis of MI Rule

Primary Michigan References: MI Rule 1.4
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

1.4:101      Model Rule Comparison

The second sentence of Rule 1.4(a) is not found in the Model Rule. Otherwise, MRPC MRPC 1.4 follows the Model Rule. The added sentence reinforces the lawyer’s duty to convey settlement offers and the like, mediation evaluations, and proposed plea bargains to the client. The reference to “mediation evaluations” means the procedures specified in Michigan Court Rule 2.403, whereby civil cases are typically evaluated at the close of discovery by a panel of independent mediators.

1.4:102      Model Code Comparison

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1.4:200   Duty to Communicate with Client

Primary Michigan References: MI Rule 1.4(a)
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4(a), Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA § 31.501, ALI-LGL § 20, Wolfram §§ 4.5, 4.6
MI Commentary: Dubin and Schwartz MRPC 1.4

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1.4:300   Duty to Consult with Client

Primary Michigan References: MI Rule 1.4(b)
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4(b), Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA § 31.501, ALI-LGL § 20, Wolfram § 4.5
MI Commentary: Dubin and Schwartz MRPC 1.4

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1.4:400   Duty to Inform the Client of Settlement Offers

Primary Michigan References: MI Rule 1.4
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA § 31.501, ALI-LGL § 20, Wolfram § 4.5
MI Commentary: Dubin and Schwartz MRPC 1.4

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