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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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Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct


Comment - Rule 1.1

Subparagraph (b) of the rule is designed to add a duty to a lawyer rendering legal services in an emergency situation. The commentary associated with Model Rule 1.1 suggested that the requirement of competence might be relaxed in certain emergency situations. It was felt that such a relaxation should be made a substantive part of the rule with the added duties that the assistance shall continue only as long as the emergency exists and the client be fully advised of the limitations on the lawyer’s competence.