The Superior Court Rules Committee: proposals to revise the Rules of Professional Conduct

The agenda for the Committee’s October 20th, 2008 meeting contains the following items relating to the Rules of Professional Conduct:

2-2. Letter from Mr. Marvin Steil proposing revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

2-3. Excerpt from US Law Week concerning rules adopted in Nevada and Kansas that require lawyers to disclose on their registration forms whether they maintain malpractice insurance; memo from Attorney Kathleen Wood concerning the ABA rule and the rules of other jurisdictions on this topic; comments by the Connecticut Bar Association concerning this topic; and proposed Practice Book revisions submitted by Statewide Bar Counsel Michael Bowler to require attorneys to certify on their annual registration form whether they carry professional liability insurance.

2-4. Proposal submitted by Attorney Livia D. Barndollar, President of the Connecticut Bar Association, to amend Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to require lawyers in Connecticut to report, on an annual basis, the extent to which they have or have not provided pro bono legal services pursuant to that rule.

2-5. Proposal submitted by Attorney William H. Prout, Jr., then President of the Connecticut Bar Association, to adopt Minimum Continuing Legal Education rules; comments received by the Rules Committee concerning this proposal.

We will inquire and report on what we learn.