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Anthony E. Davis Anthony E. Davis

Despite the onset of summer and the challenges facing every lawyer from the ongoing pandemic, there have been several noteworthy recent developments in the area of legal ethics.  This article will discuss three of them: the new, and about to be formally adopted version of New York Rules of Professional Conduct (“NY Rules”)  7.5, opening up the right of New York lawyers to use  tradenames; Formal Opinion 492 from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Opinion 492), giving helpful instruction on the subject of obligations to prospective clients; and the rather troubling  Opinion 1195 of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics (Opinion 1195).

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