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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Some portions of the collection may already be severely out of date, so please be cautious in your use of this material.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 1.8

This rule lists in detail several transactions in which an attorney may not participate since they would constitute conflicts of interests. With certain revisions the Court has adopted the recommendation of the Debevoise Committee. Subparagraph (a)(2) is revised so that in such situations an additional precondition to the transaction would be informing the client as to the desirability of seeking the advice of independent counsel. Paragraph (h) is revised, in accordance with NJSBA recommendations, so as to reflect language changes made by the ABA to the Kutak Commission version. And a new paragraph (k) is added affirmatively stating that the provisions of RPC 1.7(c), added by the Court, are applicable as well to cases covered by RPC 1.8.