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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 Jersey Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

Comment - Rule 3.9

The Court has adopted the recommendation of the Debevoise Committee. That committee had recommended adoption of ABA Model Rule 3.9 with the exclusion of reference to RPC 3.5(b), which would have applied the ex parte communication proscription to this nonadjudicative proceedings setting. The Court recognizes that the requirements of this rule might well subject lawyers to regulation inapplicable to advocates appearing before the very same legislative or administrative tribunals but who are not lawyers. As noted by the Debevoise Committee, "legislatures and administrative agencies have a right to expect lawyers to deal with them in the same responsible manner in which they deal with courts."