ABA's ethics overhaul may be no private matter

Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 1:00am

Forget the lawyer jokes. This is serious.

The American Bar Association is, for the first time in 20 years, looking at a major overhaul of ethics rules for lawyers. And the changes the group is reviewing could have a major impact on your privacy.

The debate is, aloud and on paper, quite lawyerly and difficult to understand. However, the proposal so hotly debated at the annual meeting of the group now under way in Chicago is about how much of the information you share with your lawyer can be classified as attorney-client privilege.

As it stands now, the bar association

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