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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.

We regret any inconvenience.

Some portions of the collection may already be severely out of date, so please be cautious in your use of this material.


New Jersey Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

Comment - Rule 1.4

As recommended by the Debevoise Committee, the Court has adopted ABA Model Rule 1.4, requiring that an attorney keep clients reasonably informed as to the status of their matters and requiring the attorney to comply promptly with requests for information. The rationale for this requirement is obvious: clients must be sufficiently informed to be able to participate actively in the decisions that are made during the course of the representation (including such dispositional. decisions as offers of settlement in civil litigation or plea bargains in criminal prosecutions). See RPC 1.13, RPC 1.14.