No Conflict

32 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012 Last revised: 26 Jul 2012

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Daniel J. Bussel

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: February 10, 2012


For thirty years, American lawyers have labored under an onerous dis-qualification rule precluding them from being “directly adverse” to a client in a matter unrelated to that on which the client has engaged the lawyer. The rule is ahistorical, idiosyncratic, and has led to anomalous and untoward consequences. It derives from a misconception of the lawyer’s role and duty. It should be abrogated.

Keywords: conflict of interest, legal profession, conflict waiver, advance waiver, legal ethics, unrelated matter conflict, attorney-client, current client conflict, former client conflict, ABA model rules of professional responsibility

Suggested Citation

Bussel, Daniel J., No Conflict (February 10, 2012). 25 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 207 (2012); UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 12-01. Available at SSRN:

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