3.1 [ABROGATED] Scope and Effect

Text of Rule effective until August 1, 2009

(a) This Code shall be binding upon attorneys as provided in Rule 1(a). Violation of these rules shall be deemed to constitute conduct "unworthy of an attorney" for purposes of 4 M.R.S. 851. Nothing in this Code is intended to limit or supersede any provision of law relating to the duties and obligations of attorneys or the consequences of a violation; and the prohibition of certain conduct in this Code is not to be interpreted as an approval of conduct not specifically mentioned.

(b) Although this Code is prospective in application, it may be considered as advisory by the Board of Overseers of the Bar and by the Grievance Commission in their disposition of disciplinary proceedings related to conduct occurring before its effective date.