13.B Communication with Persons Represented by Counsel
Appendix 13.B – Communication with Persons Represented by Counsel
This appendix provides the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys at Law regarding communication with represented parties.
The Wyoming CSE Program shall closely monitor communication with a custodial or non-custodial parent represented by an attorney. The Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys at Law provides general standards for those within the legal profession to conduct their professional interactions with the public.
The attorneys within the Wyoming CSE Program are appointed by the Wyoming Attorney General as Special Attorneys General. The child support attorneys can be held responsible for the conduct of non-lawyers. Therefore, it is extremely important that all district office staff are aware of the rules which cover the communication with represented persons.
An excerpt of the rules and associated comments are listed below. For the full version of each rule, please Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys at Law.
Rule 4.2 Communication with person represented by counsel.
“In representing a client, a lawyer shall not communicate about the subject of the representation with a person or entity the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter, unless the lawyer has the consent of the other lawyer or is authorized to do so by law or a court order.”
Rule 5.3 Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants
“With respect to a non-lawyer employed or retained by or associated with a lawyer…
(c) a lawyer shall be responsible for conduct of such a person that would be a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct if engaged in by a lawyer if:
(1) the lawyer orders or, with the knowledge of the specific conduct, ratifies the conduct involved; or
(2) the lawyer is a partner or has comparable managerial authority in the law firm in which the person is employed, or has direct supervisory authority over the person, and knows of the conduct at a time when its consequences can be avoided or mitigated but fails to take reasonable remedial action.”
Official comments issued by the Wyoming Supreme Court provide guidance, and a comment specific to Rule 4.2 appears to give the Special Attorneys General authority for some communication.
Comment to Rule 4.2