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The Model Rules of Professional Conduct defined the agenda for the post- Watergate renaissance in legal ethics. While there had been some form of codified precepts for American lawyers since at least 1908, Watergate inspired a desire to clean up a disgraced profession. The American Bar Association (ABA) promulgated the Model Rules; law schools instituted mandatory courses; and scholars debated and analyzed the new Model Rules. The organized bar devoted much time and attention to developing these guidelines. The mainstream media covered both the bar's original efforts and the subsequent adoption of the Model Rules by particular jurisdictions. Today, forty-three American jurisdictions have adopted ethics guidelines based closely on the Model Rules.

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12 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 409