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Lawyer-Lobbyists Permitted to Make Required Disclosures

In an order dated January 6, 2005, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved the addition of a comment to Rule 1.6 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, which makes it clear that lawyers serving as lobbyists "may disclose information relating to the representation in order to comply with any legal obligation imposed on the lawyer-lobbyist by the legislature, the executive branch or an agency of the Commonwealth which are consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct," without violating that Rule's requirement of maintaining client confidences. Click here for the text of the comment is available online here, and here for the order approving it.