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March 19, 2021

Philadelphia Bar Association Disappointed Rule 8.4(g) Will Not Be Implemented in Pennsylvania

Chancellor: “Diversity, equity and inclusion and the elimination of bias and discrimination in the justice system are core values of the Philadelphia Bar Association”

The Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Lauren P McKenna, today released the following statement on Rule 8.4(g) not being implemented:

“Last year, this Association applauded the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for proposing Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(g), which prohibits a lawyer engaged in the practice of law from knowingly manifesting bias or prejudice, or discriminating against or harassing any person on the basis of race, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status or socioeconomic status.

“The Philadelphia Bar Association has long advocated for such a rule. In 2016, within weeks after the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates adopted Model Rule 8.4(g), the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the new rule.

“We are disappointed that Rule 8.4(g) will not be implemented in Pennsylvania. As lawyers, it is our responsibility to lead the way toward a more just, diverse and fair legal system. The Philadelphia Bar Association calls on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to begin working on a new version of Rule 8.4(g) and we stand ready to assist in this endeavor.”

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