Today (June 1) was the deadline for the newly amended Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure and Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct to take effect barring further action of the Texas Supreme Court.
The Court took action.
Yesterday, just before the June 1 deadline, the Court issued an Order entitled “ORDER DELAYING EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TEXAS DISCIPLINARY RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND THE TEXAS RULES OF DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE PENDING FURTHER ORDER OF THE COURT”.
I believe this means that the comments submitted by the members of the State Bar and the general public were noted and that the Court wants additional time to consider the New Rules in light of those comments.
The Court has not given itself another deadline–which means the Court has time to amend the New Rules to accurately reflect the underlying statute and to provide the due process to which Texas attorneys are entitled.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to comment. If you needed proof that your voices can make a difference this just may be it.