state bar of texas rules vote
february 2 – March 4, 2021
In 2017, the Texas Legislature amended Chapter 81 of the Government Code to create the Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda (CDRR) and to overhaul the disciplinary rule proposal process. Under the new process, a proposed rule must be approved by the CDRR, the State Bar Board of Directors, State Bar membership, and the Supreme Court of Texas.
The Board approved eight rule proposals recommended by the CDRR. The CDRR previously published each proposal for public comment and held public hearings on the proposals. On September 25, 2020, the Board voted to petition the Supreme Court for a rules vote. The Supreme Court ordered a rules vote on September 29, 2020. Voting will begin on February 2, 2021, and end on March 4, 2021, at 5 p.m. CST.
CLICK HERE to view the State Bar of Texas webpage with detailed information on the rule change proposals, including access to clean and redlined versions of the proposed rules, a two-page “Summary of Proposed Amendments,” and other materials related to the vote.
Under the Public Forums link, there is also a listing of some statewide CLE events that will take place in January and February via Zoom, featuring members of the CDRR.
CLICK HERE to see “Understanding the Proposed Changes to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct- Rules Referendum 2021” a presentation by members of the CDRR: Claude E. Ducloux (Austin), Prof. Vincent Johnson (San Antonio), and Lewis Kinard, Chair (Dallas).
Austin Bar member comments
CLICK HERE to read an article “Discussion of the Proposed Disciplinary Rules and Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedures: What They Are and What They Do” by Austin Bar and CDRR member Claude E. Ducloux.