Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers

The Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers is a comprehensive legal treatise published by the American Bar Association. The text of the restatement is updated every five years. In each edition, the restatement is updated based on the changes made in the case law and other relevant legislation. To make the restatement as comprehensive as possible, the ALI employs a team of experts to oversee its development. These experts are chosen by the ALI’s Council and Officers and are responsible for conducting basic research on the issue. While restatement revisions are common, each one usually goes through several drafts. The final form of the restatement may include references to the preliminary drafts.

Conflict of Interests

The Conflict of Interest restatement of the laws governing lawyers sets forth certain standards for assessing a lawyer’s conflict of interest. In general, it is acceptable for a lawyer to represent one client while also representing another. Those standards are referred to as the ‘actual’ or ‘potential’ conflict of interest standard. It is important to remember that this standard is a general rule and can be overly broad. The analysis must consider the knowledge, skills, and obligations of a lawyer at the time.

A general conflict of interest standard answers four questions: what kind of effect is prohibited, how significant must be, how probable is the effect, and from whose perspective is the conflict to be evaluated? The conflict of interest standard incorporates elements from the three major lawyer codes enacted over the past century. It casts the answer in terms of factual predicates and practical consequences and guides lawyers and clients in assessing their conflicts of interest.

Nonconsentable conflict

A noncondensable conflict of interest is a type of conflict of interest involving two or more parties. It is characterized by a personal relationship that affects the lawyer’s ability to adequately represent one of the parties. For example, a lawyer may have strong feelings about a former client and may not be able to represent another client with the same level of candor.

A lawyer cannot represent a former client unless the client consents to his representation. A lawyer can also represent a client in a conflict if they have informed consent from that client. However, if they do represent both clients, it would be impossible to serve their needs in a conflict. This means that a lawyer must seek informed consent from all clients before pursuing such a position.


A lawyer’s imputation may be subject to a per se rule that prevents them from practicing in certain circumstances, such as a prior personal conflict of interest. Rule 1.10 applies to lawyers in “of-counsel” relationships and to lawyers who have previously practiced in a government agency. In addition, a lawyer’s imputation may be subject to a rule that prevents them from working on certain cases.

A lawyer may be able to prevent imputation by screening former clients if they are a member of a government agency. However, a lawyer may be able to retain a client despite the imputation rule if the lawyer has served in a government position. Moreover, a lawyer’s imputation may be prevented by screening if it is due to innocuous information that was obtained during private-client representations. A lawyer can apply to remove imputation by convincing a client that the information that the prohibited lawyer had is not significant enough to result in a wrongful act.

Withdrawal of consent

In most jurisdictions, a lawyer may continue to represent another client if the revocation of consent is made without the client’s knowledge or consent. The Restatement of the law governing lawyers and withdrawal of consent lists examples of such circumstances. However, there are some exceptions. These can vary, depending on the circumstances. Here are three of the most important. Read on to learn more about the legal principles underlying these exceptions.

As a lawyer, you must make sure that a client has received all relevant information about the nature of the representation. A failure to do so may render the consent invalid and reflect poorly on your motives and good faith. Client sophistication, complexity, and nuances of conflicting interests vary. Regardless of the specific circumstances, making sure that the client is fully informed about the risks involved can meet Section 230(2) requirements.

Duties to a person about whom a lawyer learned confidential information

A lawyer’s duty to protect confidential information does not require that he or she resort to offensive tactics. Rather, the duty of care requires a lawyer to treat all parties with respect. This duty does not preclude a lawyer from using reasonable security precautions when transmitting the information. However, there are circumstances in which lawyers may need to take more protective measures. Listed below are some of the considerations to make when drafting and transmitting client information.

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