New Anti-Discrimination Ethics Rule

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted an amendment to Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 that adds a new paragraph (g) to make it professional misconduct for a lawyer to “in the practice of law, by words or conduct, knowingly manifest bias or prejudice, or engage in harassment or discrimination, as those terms are defined in applicable federal, state or local statutes or ordinances, including but not limited to bias, prejudice, harassment or discrimination based upon race, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.”

“Amendment of Rule 8.4 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct; No. 196 Disciplinary Rules Doc.” (6/8/2020), 50 Pa.B. 3011 (6/20/2020).

This is the same amendment published as “Proposed Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct Relating to Misconduct,” 49 Pa.B. 4941 (8/31/2019), as previously reported.

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