Update on Limited Scope Representation

07/19/2017 - In June of 2015, the Court invited members of the Rhode Island Bar and other interested persons to submit written comments on the subject of limited scope representation in Rhode Island, recognizing that the practice may raise potential ethical and procedural concerns. In response, a Bar Association Committee on Limited Scope Representation was formed to develop proposed guidelines for the conduct of limited scope representation and to present a proposal for rules, regulations, guidelines and training on behalf of the RI Bar Association to the Supreme Court.  Draft rules and forms, compiled by the Committee and approved by the Bar's Executive Committee and House of Delegates, were submitted to the Court in January of 2016.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently released provisional amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct.  Those amendments expressly recognize limited scope representation, along with providing the procedures whereby attorneys may provide such representation.  The amendments incorporated many of the Bar Association's recommendations which continue to be open for review and comment throughout the next year.  A complete copy of the order, a copy of the amended rules attached as Exhibit A, and forms applicable to these amended rules attached as Exhibit B, can be found here. The rules are in effect until further notice, and open for review and comment for the next year.

The Bar Association is in the process of planning seminars to discuss these amendments and their effect on the practice of law in Rhode Island, and also will follow up with more information and guidance for members as it becomes available.