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    Supreme court schedules Ethics 2000 open administrative conferences

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    The supreme court has scheduled five administrative conferences to further discuss various aspects of the Wisconsin Ethics 2000 Committee’s petition to amend the Supreme Court Rules, Chapter 20 Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys.

    Supreme court schedules Ethics 2000 open administrative conferences

    October 4, 2005

    The supreme court has scheduled five administrative conferences to further discuss various aspects of the Wisconsin Ethics 2000 Committee's petition to amend the Supreme Court Rules, Chapter 20 Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys.

    Conference Date Deadline for Written Comments Proposed Topics
    Nov. 30, 2005 Nov. 19, 2005 (proposed) Preamble to SCR Ch. 20, (proposed) Terminology, and (proposed) SCR 20:3.8 entitled Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor

    Dec. 15, 2005 Dec. 1, 2005 (Proposed) SCR 20:1.6 (Confidentiality); 20:1.7 (Conflicts); 20:1.8 (Conflicts); 20:1.9 (Duties to Former Clients); (Proposed) SCR 20:1.11 (Special conflicts of interest for former and current government officers and employees); 20:1.18 (Duties to Prospective Clients); 20:3.3 (Candor toward the tribunal); (Proposed) 20:5.4 (Professional independence of a lawyer), (Proposed) 20:7.2 (Advertising); 20:7.3 (Direct contact with Prospective Clients); (Proposed) 20:8.3 (Reporting professional misconduct); and (Proposed) 20:8.4 (Misconduct)

    Jan. 19, 2006 Jan. 5, 2006 (Proposed) SCR 20:3.10 (Threatening criminal prosecution); (Proposed) 20:4.1 (Truthfulness in statements to others); (Proposed) 20:4.2 (Communications with person represented by counsel); (Proposed) 20:4.3 (Dealing with unrepresented person); and (Proposed) SCR 20:7.1 (Communications concerning a lawyer's services)

    Jan. 25, 2006 Jan. 11, 2006 (Proposed) SCR 20:4.5 (Guardian ad Litem); (Proposed) SCR 6.1 (Pro bono); and (Proposed) SCR 6.5 (Non-profit)

    Feb. 28, 2006

    Feb. 14, 2006

    (Proposed) SCR 20:1.5 (Fees)

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court created the Ethics 2000 Committee to study the ABA's proposed changes to the model rules. The committee's report and petition, filed on July 29, 2004, is the most comprehensive proposal for changes to SCR Chapter 20 since the mid-1980s and is the basis for the court's consideration.

    In response to the court committee's report and petition, the State Bar solicited member feedback on the proposed changes, which the Board of Governors considered before voting on how to respond to the petition. The Bar presented its recommendations to the court at a public hearing on Feb. 17, 2005.

    All hearings will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court Room. As this matter has already been the subject of a public hearing, general public testimony will not be entertained at the open conference. The court may direct questions to individuals present at the conference to aid the court's consideration of these matters.