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Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct
Comment - Rule 1.13
The additional phrase “except as otherwise hereinafter provided” was added to paragraph (a) in order to emphasize that the lawyer’s first duty is to the organization and not to the organization’s directors, officers, employees, members, shareholders or other constituents.
In paragraph (c) the Committee added the phrase “in accordance with the provisions of Rule 1.6” in order to specifically delineate the lawyer’s options when faced with an act or refusal to act which is clearly in violation of the law and likely to result in substantial injury to the organization.
Paragraph (d) was amended to more clearly delineate the lawyer’s obligation to clearly inform the organization’s constituents with whom the lawyer is dealing that the lawyer’s ultimate loyalty is to the organization.