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Ethics: A Partial Year in Review

Januuary 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Christopher Howard
 

Last year brought a number of ethics-related decisions and opinions that could have an impact on many firms’ practices. This limited retrospective will focus on just two of those developments about which most Washington lawyers should be aware.

RPC 1.9 — Former Client Representation

Presumably every lawyer reading this has an effective system in place for identifying potential conflicts with former clients. But identification is just the first step, then each lawyer must analyze if the new engagement constitutes a conflict under RPC 1.9. But, what each lawyer may not realize is the rules for such analysis arguably changed, or, were at least...

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