The American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted Monday to amend its Model Rule of Professional Conduct governing conflicts of interest stemming from lateral hiring. At the ABA midyear meeting in Boston, the 555-member group voted 226 to 191 in favor of Recommendation 109. The new rule allows law firms to hire lawyers with conflicts of interest without a waiver from the client. Also, the conflicts wouldn't necessarily transfer to other lawyers in the hiring firm.
ABA Lowers Ethics Hurdle for Lateral Hiring
The National Law Journal
February 17, 2009