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NCSB Publishes Proposed Comment to Rule 1.1 and Two Proposed FEOs

November 17, 2021   |   Abby Hammond
The State Bar Councilors met in October and approved for publication a revised version of the proposed comment to Rule 1.1 (Competency) addressing a lawyer’s awareness of implicit bias and cultural differences:  

This aspirational comment states that a lawyer should be aware of implicit bias and cultural differences relative to a client that might impact the lawyer’s representation of the client, and that such awareness enhances a lawyer’s representation of his/her clients. The language to the proposed comment is as follows: 

[9]A lawyer should be aware of implicit bias and cultural differences relative to a client or anyone involved in a client’s matter that might affect the lawyer’s representation of the client. Such awareness enhances a lawyer’s competency and works to ensure understanding of the client’s needs, effective communication with the client and others, and adequate representation of the client. 

Comment on the proposed comment may be sent to ethicscomments@ncbar.gov. Please consider copying NCAJ on any comments submitted to the Ethics Committee by also emailing legalaffairs@ncaj.com

Formal ethics opinions of the State Bar may be reviewed here: https://www.ncbar.gov/for-lawyers/ethics/adopted-opinions/.   

The State Bar Ethics Committee met in October of 2021 and proposed the following formal ethics opinions for public comment:   

Comment on the proposed formal ethics opinions may be sent to ethicscomments@ncbar.gov. Comment period ends Dec. 30. Please consider copying NCAJ on any comments submitted to the Ethics Committee by also emailing legalaffairs@ncaj.com

About the Author

Abby Hammond

Advocacy Consultant

Abby Hammond

Advocacy Consultant

Abby Hammond joined the NCAJ team in March of 2018. She brings a wealth of experience interacting with state agencies, legislators and special interest groups in North Carolina. Prior to joining NCAJ, Hammond served in the North Carolina Industrial Commission, where she worked for three chairs of the commission. She also spent four and half years as commission counsel to the Rules Review Commission within the Office of Administrative Hearings. Before coming to North Carolina, Hammond practiced family law in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hammond’s duties at NCAJ include coordinating advocacy efforts with members and contract lobbyists regarding legislation in the N.C. General Assembly. She also assists NCAJ’s Legal Affairs Program in administering reviews of amicus requests and organizing moot court panels and she works with the NCAJ PAC. Hammond serves as staff liaison to NCAJ’s Workers’ Compensation Section and its Legislative and Legal Affairs committees. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and a member of the Junior League.

Hammond is a graduate of Clemson University and earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places and Clemson football. Hammond has two children and a wonderful puppy that is the best behaved of the three. Her husband is an economist, and between the two of them, they make dinner conversation for their kids the worst.