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Knowing the Rules: The New Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct

Published in Kentucky Bench & Bar, Vol. 74:3

When I used to ask a mentor of mine what to do in a particular situation, he was fond of reminding me – “What do the Rules say? If you don’t know the Rules, you can’t play the game.” Effective July 15, 2009, the “Rules” – specifically the Kentucky Rules of Professional Con­duct – changed drastically. Just how drastically is illustrated by the fact that Kentucky Supreme Court Order No. 2009-05, which revised the Rules and their corresponding Comments, is 134 single-spaced pages long.1 Necessarily then, this article cannot and will not address all of the changes to the Rules and Comments, and is no substitute for reading the revised Rules yourself. Instead, the article will highlight some of the more important, but perhaps less visible, Rule changes that may affect your everyday practice.

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