The world of lawyer regulation is changing.  The ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and Center for Professional Responsibility are keeping their “fingers on the pulse” of these changes and educating the profession about them. 


One of these developments is Proactive Management-Based Regulation (PMBR). PMBR generally refers to regulatory measures or other programs that seek to assist lawyers and law firms develop ethical infrastructures that will help improve the delivery of legal services and help prevent misconduct and malpractice. To provide information and guidance about this subject, the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline compiled these resources that include information about domestic and international PMBR developments.  As these resources suggest, PMBR is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition.  Some PMBR programs involve entity regulation and others do not. In the U.S., Colorado and Illinois have adopted PMBR programs, and a number of other jurisdictions are actively studying whether and how to do so. We hope these resources help you better understand the developments and the possibilities for implementing proactive measures.  


If you have any questions regarding the information on these pages, please contact Ellyn S. Rosen, Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel at