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Lawyer Sues Penn. Ethics Authorities Over Anti-Bias Rule (1)

Aug. 7, 2020, 1:01 PM; Updated: Aug. 7, 2020, 3:23 PM

A Pennsylvania lawyer is suing state disciplinary authorities, saying an anti-bias ethics rule scheduled to go into effect in December violates his free speech rights.

Zachary Greenberg, an attorney with the non-profit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, filed the suit Thursday in a federal district court, seeking an injunction to block enforcement of the rule.

He alleges that Pennsylvania’s Rule 8.4(g) will force him “to censor himself to steer clear of an ultimately unknown line so that his speech is not at risk of being incorrectly perceived as manifesting bias or prejudice.”

Greenberg says in his complaint that he ...

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