Inside Texan Attorney Ethics: Referendum Breakdown

Law360, New York (March 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT) -- Between Jan. 18 and Feb. 17, 2011, the State Bar of Texas conducted a referendum on significant amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The Texas Disciplinary Rules govern attorney ethics, “stating minimum standards of conduct below which no lawyer can fall without being subject to disciplinary action.”

Texas lawyers overwhelmingly voted down the proposed amendments, which did include a new rule prohibiting sexual relations with clients, which likely failed because it was grouped in with other proposed rules on the referendum ballot....
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