To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
It was my distinct honor and pleasure to have served on the Minnesota Task Force on ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The members of the Task Force represented a cross-section of our state's legal community and devoted many months of labor on the important and necessary changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct that govern the practice of law in Minnesota.
The Task Force recommended the adoption of ABA Model Rule 5.5, but with the omission of Rule 5.5(d)(1). The omitted rule would have authorized the practice of corporate counsel admitted in another jurisdiction who come to Minnesota to work exclusively for their employer client on a full-time basis. With the omission of Rule 5.5(d)(1), the Task Force delegated authority to develop the rules for licensing in-house practice to the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners.
Susan Hackett, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel, submitted a letter to the Task Force and others reviewing Minnesota's proposed rules.She asked them to reconsider their omission and explained the benefits of updating the Rules of Professional Conduct to reflect the realities of today's corporate practice. To read her letter, visit www.acca.com and click on Advocacy and then on MJP.
I invite you to join the debate. Whether you are in-house counsel in Minnesota or another state, the Rules of Professional Conduct can impact the amount of license and other professional fees you are required to pay, your ability to appear in court, your exposure to disciplinary actions in multiple states, and your representation of your corporate employer in transactions that cross state boundaries.