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Public Comment


Proposed amendments to State Bar Rule 6.30 would change the counties that comprise current State Bar districts 2-6, 8 and 9 as well as the number of elected seats in districts 3, 7, 8 and 9. New State Bar Rule 6.32 would adjust the election of district representatives.

Professional conduct rules

Sixty-nine proposed new and amended Rules of Professional Conduct are the sixth group of proposed rules developed by the State Bar’s Special Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Among other things, the rules cover Duties to Prospective Client, Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service, Purchase and Sale of a Law Practice and Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance.

Unsolicited e-mails and confidential information

Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 06‑0004 asks if an attorney receives from a non-party a confidential communication between opposing counsel and opposing counsel’s client what the attorney should do if he or she reasonably believes that the communication may not be privileged because of the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege.

Gifts from clients

Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 08‑0001 considers when an attorney violates rule 4-400 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct by accepting a gift from a client.