Illinois ARDC rules to consider with regard to Run the Call
1. Rule 1.1 Competence – Lawyers must be competent in representing their clients (including the Consultants).
2. Rule 1.2 Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer – Lawyers must reasonably inform clients about other attorneys outside the firm who may work on their case.
3. Rule 1.4 Communication – Lawyers must reasonably communicate with their clients, including other attorneys who may work on the case.
4. Rule 1.5 Fees – The payment made to the Consultant must be reasonable and fair in light of the work done by consultant.
5. Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information – All information must be kept confidential. Comment 19 states that attorneys must take reasonable precautions to prevent information coming into the hands of unintended recipient, but does not require special security measures if “the method of communication affords a reasonable expectation of privacy”…Whether a lawyer may be required to take additional steps in order to comply with other law, such as state and federal laws that govern data privacy, is beyond the scope of these Rules. Therefore, attorneys must have reasonable assurance that the client information transmitted via RTC is secure before using the site.
6. Rule 1.7 Conflict of Interest Current Clients – Consultants must be able to run conflict checks before accepting an assignment.
7. Rule 1.9 Duties to Former Clients – Consultants must be able to run conflict checks before accepting an assignment.
8. Rule 5.4 Professional Independent of a Lawyer – RTC and Lawyers may not split fees from the representation. A Consultant cannot allow their professional judgment to be effected by any reviews on RTC.
9. Rule 7.2 Advertising – A Consultant attorney can pay reasonable costs of advertisements. RTC cannot have exclusive deals with Consultants on their site. Consultants cannot pay RTC to recommend their services.