Proposed Texas Disciplinary Rules Trample Rights, Attys Say

By Jess Krochtengel (May 3, 2018, 9:46 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court's proposed changes to attorney disciplinary rules have earned the ire of dozens of lawyers who say the rules would subject them to overly broad subpoenas, cut them out of investigatory hearings and unjustly penalize them for advocating for their innocence when accused of misconduct.

The rules, which are slated to take effect June 1, drew dozens of comments from legal ethics experts and Texas lawyers who say the proposed regulations need to be revamped to protect their due process rights. The disciplinary rule changes are intended to implement Senate Bill 302, the "sunset" bill passed in 2017...

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