Some question whether the model rule would somehow restrict the ability of lawyers to practice or to adequately represent clients. The model rule and associated comments provide helpful detail addressing such concerns.
“…nor does it limit a lawyer’s representational role in our legal system. It does not limit the scope of the legal advice a lawyer may render to clients, which is addressed in Model Rule 1.2. It permits legitimate advocacy. It does not change the circumstances under which a lawyer may accept, decline or withdraw from a representation. To the contrary, the proposal makes clear that Model Rule 1.16 addresses such conduct. The proposal also does not limit a lawyer’s ability to charge and collect a reasonable fee for legal services, which remains governed by Rule 1.5.” — [Report page 8]
In addition, states who adopt the model rule, or draft their own, broad antidiscrimination rule, can add additional clarification if needed.