Philadelphia partner Larry Fox wrote an essay for the Yale Law Journal Online titled, “The Gang of Thirty-Three: Taking the Wrecking Ball to Client Loyalty.”
Larry’s essay discusses proposals from 33 law firm general counsels (GCs) to change the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. He says that what the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Ethics 20/20 received from the brightest GCs of AmLaw 100 law firms was “the very antithesis of what one would have hoped.”
This “Gang of Thirty-Three” would strip clients, allegedly in their best interests, “of any entitlement to loyalty or other central protections [that the] profession proudly offers.”
Larry, former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the current Crawford Lecturer at Yale Law School describes these proposals as “unflattering to the proponents” and explains why they should be rejected.
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