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July 27, 2021

Philadelphia Bar Association Issues Statement on Amendment to Rule 8.4(g)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna today released the following statement on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approving an amendment to Rule 8.4 (g) of the Rules of Professional Conduct:

“This Association has long supported the addition of an anti-discrimination provision to the Rules of Professional Conduct. With the addition of Rule 8.4 (g) last June, the Commonwealth joined the majority of states in having a rule that prohibits a lawyer engaged in the practice of law from knowingly engaging in conduct constituting harassment or discrimination based on race, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status or socioeconomic status.

“We applaud the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for continuing to work toward implementing an anti-bias ethics rule. The Pennsylvania rule is a variation of Rule 8.4 (g) of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors unanimously passed a resolution supporting that rule within weeks of its adoption by the ABA in 2016.

“The amendment to Pennsylvania Rule 8.4(g) addresses the concerns about the previous version, while still making clear that the Court will not tolerate attorneys engaging in harassment or discrimination.”

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