Since the last edition, published in 2011, the law has changed considerably. There have been:
- substantial changes in the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct adopted from the proposals of the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission. Such changes include modifications to the confidentiality rules, the rules governing outsourcing, the choice of law regarding which professional responsibility rule to use, and provisions addressing contact with prospective clients.
- a complete update reflecting the significant changes in the legal profession that have affected law firms, lawyers, and law students.
- a substantial revision of the material dealing with advertising and solicitation.
- new court decisions and ethics opinions — in particular, dealing with conflicts of interest, imputed disqualifications, and ethics related to the internet, chat rooms, electronic discovery, etc.