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Unpublished Paper
REFORM OF THE ARIZONA STATE BAR’S RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT: FROM ZEALOUS ADVOCACY TO HONORABLE REPRESENTATION
ExpressO (2007)
  • Zach Rawling, UCLA School of Law
Abstract

In 2003, the Arizona Supreme Court announced “a historic and significant change” to the State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct, eliminating the obligation of attorneys to be “zealous” advocates of their clients in favor of a duty to “act honorably” to further their clients’ interests. Chief Justice Charles E. Jones described the change as “a significant foundational change in the Rules of the Court, and one that is designed to send a distinct message to attorneys.” The principal impetus for the amendment was an increase in the number of attorneys improperly citing zealous advocacy as a defense for “unprofessional and potentially belligerent conduct;” however, the amendment does more than eliminate a defense for uncivil conduct. It calls into question the fundamental role of attorneys in the American legal system.

Disciplines
Publication Date
March, 2007
Citation Information
Zach Rawling. "REFORM OF THE ARIZONA STATE BAR’S RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT: FROM ZEALOUS ADVOCACY TO HONORABLE REPRESENTATION" ExpressO (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/zach_rawling/1/