Standing Committee on Professional Regulation

Who We Are

The Discipline Committee is the entity in the ABA responsible for “developing, promoting, coordinating, and strengthening professional disciplinary and regulatory programs and procedures throughout the nation, including developing and promoting ABA activities relating to professional discipline, model rules for disciplinary enforcement and standards for the imposition of sanctions.”

Resolution 11-9 Adopted by ABA HOD

On August 6, 2018, the House of Delegates adopted Resolution 11-9 and amended the Association’s bylaws to change the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline’s name to the Standing Committee on Professional Regulation.

2016 Survey on Lawyer Discipline Results

The ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline has released the results of the 2016 Survey on Lawyer Discipline (S.O.L.D.). S.O.L.D. remains the only national compilation of data regarding lawyer disciplinary agency caseload, budget, staffing, and sanctions.

View - Survey

Proactive Management-Based Regulation (PMBR)

The ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline continues its study of Proactive Management-Based Regulation (PMBR) to determine whether to make policy recommendations to the House of Delegates and/or take other action. Generally, PMBR refers to regulatory measures that seek to help lawyers and law firms develop ethical infrastructures that will, to the extent possible, prevent misconduct and the resulting need for involvement with the lawyer disciplinary process.

Learn - More