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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.

We regret any inconvenience.

Some portions of the collection may already be severely out of date, so please be cautious in your use of this material.

New Jersey Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

Comment - Rule 5.4

While the Debevoise Committee recommended against adoption of this rule (favoring instead an amendment to the Court Rules), the Court has adopted ABA Model Rule 5.4, but has also added an introductory clause permitting exceptions as otherwise provided by the Court Rules. This is consistent with the recommendation made by the NJSBA in its written comments submitted to the Court. As noted in those comments, "[t]he addition of the prefatory language would specifically provide for charitable and legal services corporations as set out in R. 1:21-1(d)." See also RPC 1.5.