Arizona Law Professor Tapped for National Lawyer Ethics Pane
Professor Ted Schneyer, a national leader in the area of legal ethics and the regulation of law practice, has been appointed to a new, high-level task force that will review the rules of legal ethics and the regulation of lawyers in the U.S. Carolyn B. Lamm, the incoming President of the American Bar Association, announced the creation of the fifteen person panel during the ABA’s annual meeting last week, citing ethical issues as one of her top priorities for the coming year.
The task force will be known as the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 because, according to Lamm, its work will require a clear vision of the future. The Commission’s charge will be to look at existing ethics rules and the regulation of lawyers in light of changes in technology and the impact of globalization on the practice of law. “These developments,” Schneyer said, “are changing the legal profession rapidly and in ways that were not anticipated in drafting the current rules of ethics and structuring the current regulatory process.&rdquo
The commission will also review the major regulatory reforms that are underway in the U.K. and Australia, including reforms that permit lawyers to practice in multidisciplinary partnerships and law firms owned in whole or in part by outside investors and reforms that regulate law firms and not just individual lawyers. Schneyer said that he has been “studying those reforms in detail over the past two years.”
A well-known author and speaker in his field, Professor Schneyer joins a distinguished group of scholars, attorneys, bar leaders, and state and federal judges on the Commission. He has taught at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law since 1986, and has held the Milton O. Riepe Professorship in Law since 1987.