Pennsylvania Revises Ethics Anti-Bias Rule for Lawyers (1)

July 27, 2021, 8:35 PM; Updated: July 28, 2021, 12:01 AM

Pennsylvania changed an anti-harassment ethics rule for lawyers after a judge found that certain provisions were unconstitutional on free speech grounds.

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recommended the changes, which were “submitted without publication in the interests of justice and efficient administration,” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in an order on Monday.

The changes take effect Aug. 25.

Pennsylvania adopted the rule 8.4(g) last June. It says lawyers can’t “in the practice of law, by words or conduct, knowingly manifest bias or prejudice, or engage in harassment or discrimination.”

It was based on the American Bar ...

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