Court Amends Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2

January 9, 2019

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has amended Rule 1.2 of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct governing scope of representation, effective January 1, 2019. 

Under revised Rule 1.2(c), a lawyer may limit the scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent. 

The court also adopted a new Comment 6 to the revised rule, which states in part that “in all matters involving limited scope representation, it is generally prudent for a lawyer to state in writing any limitation on representation, provide the client with a written summary of considerations discussed, and to receive a written informed consent from the client to the lawyer’s limited representation.” 

Read the court order in its entirety here.