The California Supreme Court delivered news on Sept. 19 that shocked many in the ethics world, yet drew surprisingly little publicity: Matter No. S206125 was closed with “no action taken.” The matter that the court closed was the revisions to the California Rules of Professional Conduct—revisions that began over a decade ago. Those revisions are now off the table.
Despite the court’s apparent inaction, this opens the door to a renewed rules revision process. Still, there is little indication why the court chose its path.