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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 1.8

The Committee concluded that written client consent is required under Rule 1.8 (b) in order to assure that there is sufficient notice to client and that the consent is unequivocal.

The Committee concluded that lawyers should not be able to make an agreement prospectively limiting the lawyer’s liability to a client for malpractice.

The Committee concluded that in addition to advising an unrepresented client about the appropriateness of seeking independent counsel, that the lawyer must provide a reasonable opportunity for the client to do so.

See Comment to Rule 1.5 (Terms of Payment).