September 1, 2006
Turn, turn, turn
As in the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” made popular by the Byrds, “To everything
there is a season, and a time for every purpose,” the new Rules of Professional Conduct impose new duties upon lawyers. It is a new dawn in the area of professional conduct.
Regarding the new model rules, attorney James D. Caruso of Arnold & Caruso in Toledo said, “Some of the more significant changes are that supervising lawyers are now responsible for the lawyers whom they supervise, lawyers must maintain more detailed records of their IOLTA accounts and lawyers must communicate in more instances in writing with their clients.
“The implementation of the new rules on February 1, 2007, should not result in any significant problems for lawyers. Many of the old rules were retained within the format of the model rules. The addition of the comments with the rules, will make it easier for lawyers to understand their duty within a particular rule.”
As an attorney who serves on the Supreme Court Task Force on Rules of Professional Conduct, Caruso is eminently qualified to explain these changes in “The DaVinci Rules,” to be presented by the Columbus Bar on September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. During his segment, Caruso will include an explanation of the format of the rules and highlight what has changed and what has remained the same. The seminar offers 2.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics and 1.0 professionalism credit as well as 0.5 hours of substance abuse presented by Stephanie Krznarich of the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program.
Become well-versed in these sweeping changes. Register online for event # 3646-1 at www.cbalaw.org or phone 614/221.4112. The cost is $85 prepaid/$95 day of for members, $125 prepaid/$135 day of for non-members, and $55 prepaid/$65 day of for paralegals.