Publication Title

Washington Law Review


Washington Rules of Professional Conduct

Document Type



This Article contains two parts with different purposes. The first part consists of an introduction and critique of the recently adopted Washington Rules of Professional Conduct. Some of the rules that differ from the Model Rules, that violate Constitutional requirements, or that inappropriately resolve competing policies are evaluated. Two of the most important areas—confidentiality and advertising—are treated separately and in-depth in student Survey Comments. The second part of this Article consists of an overview of the law of professional responsibility in Washington. It follows the organization and rule sequence of the RPC, with annotations, applications, and interpretations from the ABA Model Rule Comments and judicial decisions from Washington and elsewhere. This overview may be employed in understanding and applying the law of professional responsibility as it presently exists. Citations to cases predating the effective date of the RPC have been included only when the law they interpret is unchanged by the adoption of the RPC.



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