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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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New Hampshire Rules of Professional Conduct


ABA Comments

New Hampshire Comment - Rule 1.7

[1] New Hampshire Rule 1.7 differs from the ABA model Rule 1.7 in that subparagraphs (a)(2) and (b)(2) include the language “and with knowledge of the consequences” after the word “consultation.” This language is added to make it clear that merely disclosing a conflict of interest is not sufficient. Instead, the lawyer who seeks to represent clients having adverse, or potentially adverse, interests must first effectively communicate the risks and consequences of his common representation to his clients, so the clients will have actual knowledge of the consequences that could occur as a result of the lawyer’s divided loyalties.