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Standing Committee on Professional Regulation

SCPR CPR PMBR Web Resource

As the world of lawyer regulation continues to evolve, the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Regulation keeps its “fingers on the pulse” of developments and educates the profession and public about them. 

One such development 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 ABA policies and U.S. and international PMBR developments, the Professional Regulation Committee offers this resource. It includes relevant ABA policies, information about U.S. and international PMBR programs,  and articles of interest. As these resources suggest, PMBR is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition.  In the U.S., a number of jurisdictions have adopted PMBR programs as recommended by the 2019 ABA Resolution 107. Others continue to study whether and how to do so and the Committee conducts programming to assist them. The Professional Regulation Committee hopes 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.



To date, three one-of-a-kind PMBR Workshops have been held to educate and energize lawyer regulators about this subject. The last Workshop was held in Austin, Texas in February 2020, in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting. Future Workshops are being planned.  Stay tuned for additional information under this tab about those events. 

U.S. PMBR Programs

More U.S. Resources

  • Click here to learn more about what is happening in the U.S. regarding PMBR.

International Resources