For the first time in almost 20 years, the Texas Supreme Court has proposed comprehensive changes in the state’s disciplinary rules for lawyers, including major amendments to conflicts rules and a new rule prohibiting lawyers from having sex with clients.

On Oct. 20, a unanimous Supreme Court signed the order for Miscellaneous Docket No. 09-9175, beginning the process for public comment and ultimately — if the State Bar of Texas board of directors agrees — a referendum on the proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.