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In recent years alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has moved from the margins of legal practice into the mainstream. It is no longer the exception for attorneys to employ or clients to request ADR services in almost every aspect of legal representation. This shift to the legal mainstream raises the question whether attorneys, as part of their general obligation to keep clients informed of their legal alternatives, should be required to advise their clients regarding ADR options. This paper will consider this question. In doing so, it will consider, at least inferentially, the character and purpose of ethics "rules."



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