Saturday, January 22, 2011

Your state bar dues money in action

While killing time at the Galveston County Law Library, I came across this pamphlet on the proposed ethics rule changes. The pamphlet was produced using our dues money and toes the company line on the "need" for reforming the rules. There is no evidence in the pamphlet of any opposition to the proposed changes.

It's telling when the first thing the State Bar president mentions is that it's been 20 years since the ethics rules were last reviewed and changed.

In the January 2011 issue of the Texas Bar Journal Mr. Tottenham notes that "the practice of law has changed significantly over the past 20 years...For example, we did not use technology to the degree we do now." That's all well and good, but what on earth does technology have to do with trying to abolish the flat fee?

Mr. Tottenham, change for the sake of change is not only not a good idea, it's not good policy. If you can't come up with a better argument for changing the rules then I can think of no good reason the rules should be changed.

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