THE DELAWARE LAWYERS' RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
(Effective July 1, 2003 and current through most recent amendment on December 12, 2008)
NOTE: Bolded provisions of Rules 1.15 and 1.15A reflect amendments that become effective January 1, 2009
Preamble: A lawyer's responsibilities
 A lawyer, as a member of the legal profession, is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a
public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.
 As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions. As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with
an informed understanding of the client's legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As advo-
cate, a lawyer zealously asserts the client's position under the rules of the adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer
seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealings with others. As an evalua-
tor, a lawyer acts by examining a client's legal affairs and reporting about them to the client or to others.
 In addition to these representational functions, a lawyer may serve as a third-party neutral, a nonrepresentational
role helping the parties to resolve a dispute or other matter. Some of these Rules apply directly to lawyers who are or
have served as third-party neutrals. See, e.g., Rules 1.12 and 2.4. In addition, there are Rules that apply to lawyers who
are not active in the practice of law or to practicing lawyers even when they are acting in a nonprofessional capacity.
For example, a lawyer who commits fraud in the conduct of a business is subject to discipline for engaging in conduct
involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. See Rule 8.4.
 In all professional functions a lawyer should be competent, prompt and diligent. A lawyer should maintain
communication with a client concerning the representation. A lawyer should keep in confidence information relating to
representation of a client except s