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Rule Barring Harassment by Lawyers Adopted in Pennsylvania

June 10, 2020, 6:50 PM

Pennsylvania has become the seventh state to adopt a version of an American Bar Association rule aimed at curbing harassment and discrimination that critics say could chill speech.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted the disputed section on Tuesday, after a request by the state bar. David E. Schwager, president of Pennsylvania’s state bar, described the rule as “much-needed.”

The legal industry has come under scrutiny in recent years for ignoring allegations of harassment by judges and law firm leaders.

Amended ABA Rule 8.4(g) was passed in 2016, and prohibits conduct that a lawyer “knows or reasonably should know is harassment ...

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