3.2 [ABROGATED] Admission, Disclosure and Misconduct
Text of Rule effective until August 1, 2009
(a) Unauthorized Practice.
(1) A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction where to do so would be in violation of law or court rule.
(2) A lawyer shall not aid any person, association, or corporation in the unauthorized practice of law.
(b) Misstatements on Admission.
(1) In connection with a lawyer's application for admission to the bar, a lawyer shall not make any statement which the lawyer knows or should know is false or misleading, nor shall the lawyer fail to disclose any fact or information which the lawyer knows or should know is material to such application.
(2) A lawyer shall not further the application for admission to the bar of another person known by the lawyer to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute.
(c) Judicial Officers.
(1) A lawyer shall not make a false statement of fact, with knowledge that it is false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity, concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge or other adjudicatory officer in the court system or a candidate for election or appointment to office as a judge or other adjudicatory officer in the court system.
(2) A lawyer who is a candidate for appointment to judicial office or election as judge of probate shall comply with the applicable provisions of Canon 5 of the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct.
(d) Acts as a Public Official. A lawyer who holds public office shall not:
(1) Use that public position to influence, or attempt to influence, a court or other public body or official engaged in adjudicatory proceedings to act in favor of the lawyer, any partner or associate, or any lawyer affiliated with them, or of a client of any of them;
(2) Represent a client before an elected or appointed public body of which the lawyer is a member, or before any committee or subcommittee of that body. If a lawyer is required to decline representation by virtue of this paragraph, Rule 3.4(b)(3) imposes no disqualification upon the partners or associates of the lawyer or upon any other lawyer affiliated with the lawyer or the lawyer's firm, provided that full disclosure of the relationship is made upon the record at or before the commencement of the representation.
(e) Disclosure of Misconduct by Other Lawyers.
(1) A lawyer possessing unprivileged knowledge of a violation of the Maine Bar Rules that raises a substantial question as to another lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects shall report such knowledge to the appropriate disciplinary or investigative authority.
(2) A lawyer possessing unprivileged knowledge of a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct that raises a substantial question as to the fitness for judicial office of a judge or other adjudicatory officer of a court system shall report such knowledge to the appropriate disciplinary or investigative authority.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subdivision, a lawyer serving in any capacity in a peer assistance or substance abuse treatment program approved by the Board of Overseers of the Bar shall not report or disclose any knowledge or evidence concerning another lawyer obtained as a result of a communication made by that lawyer while seeking or receiving peer assistance or substance abuse treatment under such program without that lawyer's informed written consent. This provision is not violated by the report or disclosure of that lawyer's intent to commit a crime or the information necessary to prevent the crime or to avoid subjecting others to the risk of harm, or by any report or disclosure otherwise required by law or by order of court.
(f) Other Misconduct. A lawyer shall not:
(1) directly or indirectly violate, circumvent, or subvert any provision of the Maine Bar Rules;
(2) engage in illegal conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects;
(3) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
(4) engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
(g) Restrictions on Right to Practice. A lawyer shall not participate in offering or making:
(1) a partnership or employment agreement that restricts the right of a lawyer to practice after termination of the relationship, except as a condition of the right to receive post-termination payments or other post-termination benefits; or
(2) an agreement in which a restriction on the lawyer's right to practice is part of the settlement of a controversy between private parties.
(h) Responsibilities Regarding Law-Related Services.
(1) A lawyer shall be subject to the Code of Professional Responsibility with respect to the provisions of law-related services, as defined in paragraph (2), if the law-related services are provided:
(i) by the lawyer in circumstances that are not distinct from the lawyer's provision of legal services to clients; or
(ii) by a separate entity controlled by the lawyer individually or with others if the lawyer fails to take reasonable measures to assure that a person obtaining the law-related services knows that the services of the separate entity are not legal services and that the protections of the client-lawyer relationship do not exist.
(2) The term "law-related services" denotes services that might reasonably be performed in conjunction with and in substance are related to the provision of legal services, and that are not prohibited as unauthorized practice of law when provided by a non-lawyer.