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Law schools and pass rate reporting

The proposal sets the guidelines for law schools to comply with a new rule that requires the school to maintain and report their minimum, cumulative bar examination pass rate over a five-year period.

Opinion on representing clients filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct has revised an advisory opinion interpreting the rules governing whether attorneys may represent an individual client who has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy if they also represent one of the client’s creditors in an unrelated matter.

Puffing in negotiations

When an attorney is engaged in negotiations on behalf of a client, what conduct constitutes permissible “puffing” and what conduct constitutes improper false statements of material fact? An opinion from the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct interprets rule 3-700(B)(2) of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California and Business and Professions Code sections 6068(b), (c), and (d), 6106 and 6128.

Discovery of electronic information

An opinion regarding an attorney’s ethical duties in the handling of discovery of electronically stored information.