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Article Rule # Rule Title
VIII Supreme Court Order M.R. 3140
VIII Preamble and Scope
VIII Rule 1.0 Terminology
Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 1.1 Competence
Comment Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 1.2 Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer
Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 1.3 Diligence
VIII Rule 1.4 Communication
Comment Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 1.5 Fees
VIII Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information
Correction to Comment October 27, 2015
VIII Rule 1.7 Conflict of Interest: Current Clients
VIII Rule 1.8 Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules
VIII Rule 1.9 Duties to Former Clients
VIII Rule 1.10 Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule
VIII Rule 1.11 Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers and Employee
VIII Rule 1.12 Former Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator or Other Third-Party Neutral
VIII Rule 1.13 Organization as Client
VIII Rule 1.14 Client With Diminished Capacity
VIII Rule 1.15 Safekeeping Property
Amended April 7, 2015 eff. July 1, 2015
VIII Rule 1.16 Declining or Terminating Representation
VIII Rule 1.17 Sale of Law Practice
Comment Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 1.18 Duties to Prospective Client
Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 2.1 Advisor
VIII Rule 2.2 Reserved
VIII Rule 2.3 Evaluation for Use by Third Persons
VIII Rule 2.4 Lawyer Serving as Third-Party Neutral
VIII Rule 3.1 Meritorious Claims and Contentions
VIII Rule 3.2 Expediting Litigation
VIII Rule 3.3 Candor Toward the Tribunal
VIII Rule 3.4 Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
VIII Rule 3.5 Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal
VIII Rule 3.6 Trial Publicity
VIII Rule 3.7 Lawyer As Witness
VIII Rule 3.8 Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor
Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 3.9 Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings
VIII Rule 4.1 Truthfulness in Statements to Others
VIII Rule 4.2 Communication With Person Represented by Counsel
Amended June 14, 2013, eff. July 1, 2013
VIII Rule 4.3 Dealing With Unrepresented Person
VIII Rule 4.4 Respect for Rights of Third Persons
Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 5.1 Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers
VIII Rule 5.2 Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer
VIII Rule 5.3 Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistance
Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 5.4 Professional Independence of a Lawyer
VIII Rule 5.5 Unauthorized Practice of Law, Multijurisdictional Practice of Law
Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 5.6 Restrictions on Right to Practice
VIII Rule 5.7 Reserved
VIII Rule 6.1 Reserved
VIII Rule 6.2 Accepting Appointments
VIII Rule 6.3 Membership in Legal Services Organization
VIII Rule 6.4 Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
VIII Rule 6.5 Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs
VIII Rule 7.1 Communications Concerning a Lawyer's Services
Comment Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 7.2 Advertising
Comment Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016
VIII Rule 7.3 Solicitation of Clients
Amended July 17, 2020, eff. immediately
VIII Rule 7.4 Communication of Fields of Practice and Specialization
VIII Rule 7.5 Firm Names and Letterheads
VIII Rule 7.6 Reserved
VIII Rule 8.1 Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
VIII Rule 8.2 Judicial and Legal Officials
VIII Rule 8.3 Reporting Professional Misconduct
VIII Rule 8.4 Misconduct
VIII Rule 8.5 Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law
Comment Amended October 15, 2015, eff. January 1, 2016