December 06, 2016 Top Story

Harassment and Discrimination Now Violate ABA Model Rules

Amended rule prohibits lawyer harassment and discrimination

Amy Mattson

The ABA has amended Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 to specifically prohibit conduct "a lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law." The amendment does not, however, "preclude legitimate advice or advocacy."

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