Professor Terry contributes to ABA Ethics 20/20 Work
June 9, 2010
Laurel Terry, the Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and professor of Law, is working with the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission to address ethics rules and regulatory changes that may be brought about because of the advances in technology and globalization that have occurred in the past few years. Professor Terry, who testified before the commission in February, advised the commission to consider three issue areas in establishing new guidelines: to develop ways for the U.S. legal profession to have input as jurisdictions outside of the United States develop lawyer regulations; to focus on how the ABA might encourage “the good guys” while considering, in a global context, what might be necessary to “catch the bad guys;” and to think about mechanisms that would help ensure that any new rules do not act as an impediment to technological innovations.
The commission said it expects it will take three years to issue recommendations. The first year will be spent on research, outreach, and analysis of information regarding critical issues identified in each of the three major subject areas. The second year will focus on the development of proposed policies, principles and, if necessary, model rules for wide circulation and comment. And, the final year will involve continued vetting of proposals and presentation to the ABA House of Delegates.