Monday, January 24, 2011

Political propaganda disguised as education?

Not to be outdone by those opposing the proposed changes to the disciplinary rules, the State Bar of Texas has decided to bring out of retirement, a free two-hour CLE about the proposed changes. I'm sure that our dues money isn't being used for this propaganda push otherwise passing for continuing legal education.

According to the State Bar:
During this presentation on the proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the panelists will touch on the process of amending the rules but will focus mainly on four of the proposed new rules – Rules 1.00, 1.13, 1.14. 1.17 – and the proposed amendments to four conflict-of-interest rules – Rules 1.06 through 1.09 – that have sparked considerable debate during the amendment process. This webcast is intended to help lawyers understand the current content of proposed rules that will go to a referendum between January 18 and February 17. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about these proposed rules before exercising your right to vote.
With a panel made up of a former chair of the State Bar's committee on the disciplinary rules, the current chair of the Supreme Court's task force on the disciplinary rules and the Supreme Court's rules attorney, I'm sure you will hear a balanced assessment of the proposed changes.

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