Roy M. Sobelson

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The biggest news in Georgia legal ethics this year actually made it into the general press when the Georgia Supreme Court approved a bar committee opinion confirming that real estate closings remained the exclusive province of licensed Georgia lawyers. With the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and consumer advocates all weighing in with contrary opinions, the court held firm against the inevitable, continuing criticism and cries of protectionism. Combined with the current debates over both multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional practices, it looks like the profession will continue to engage in heated debate in Georgia, if not worldwide, well into the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, the Georgia Supreme Court made several changes to our Rules of Professional Conduct along those lines, but all of them occurred just outside the operative dates of this survey, June 1, 2003 to May 31, 2004.