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Cornell University Law School

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Model Rules of Professional Conduct

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Parts And Wholes: The Integrity Of The Model Rules, Charles W. Wolfram Apr 1993

Parts And Wholes: The Integrity Of The Model Rules, Charles W. Wolfram

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

As important as is each of its parts, the 1983 Model Rules of Professional Conduct was, of course, meant to function as a whole. At the very least, the parts were presumably intended to work well with one another, sketching a regulatory apparatus that would guide both lawyers subject to it and courts and regulators administering it in a coherent and consistent manner. To a large extent the Model Rules made significant headway in this respect, continuing the movement toward more explicit and articulated regulation of the profession begun by their predecessor, the Model Code of Professional Responsibility.

Yet, …