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Dean Chen Appointed to NJ Supreme Court Committee to Review ABA Changes That Impact Practice of Law

November 22, 2013 – 

Ronald K. Chen, Acting Dean of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to a new Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions. The committee, chaired by retired Chief Justice James Zazzali, of counsel at Gibbons PC, will study recent American Bar Association (ABA) amendments that reflect changes in technology and global legal practice. 

Dean Chen, who currently serves as vice chair of the Court’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, said of his appointment: “It is very significant that the Supreme Court wants to ensure that the rules governing the legal profession keep up with the changes brought on by advances in technology, and by an increasingly mobile and indeed global society. I am very humbled that they have asked me to participate, and am glad that I can be of service to the Court.” 

Also named to the committee was Edna Baugh, assistant director for clinical administration at the law school. Baugh is vice chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board.

In announcing the committee, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said: “We look forward to the committee’s recommendations about how to change the New Jersey Rules to respond to these developments.”

The ABA changes were adopted at the recommendation of its Commission on Ethics 20/20. Topics address by the Commission include confidentiality in a digital age; ethics issues arising from new forms of advertising; outsourcing of legal services; issues relating to lawyer mobility; choice of law problems related to conflicts of interest; issues relating to out-of-state lawyers; and practice of foreign lawyers in the U.S.