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April 27, 2021

SCPR CPR PMBR Web Resource

The world of lawyer regulation is changing.  The ABA Standing Committee on Professional Regulation 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 Regulation 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.



To date, three one-of-a-kind PMBR Workshops have been held to educate and energize lawyer regulators about this subject, with future events directed at broader audiences being planned.  Stay tuned for additional information under this tab about those events. 

Thank you to the Planning Committee for these successful Workshops and upcoming events: James C. Coyle, Attorney Regulation Counsel Colorado Supreme Court; Margaret Drent, Policy Counsel for the Law Society of Upper Canada; Susan Saab Fortney, Professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law; Tracy L. Kepler, Director of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; Darrel I. Pink, Immediate Past Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society; Ellyn S. Rosen, Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, and Laurel S. Terry, Professor at Penn State Dickinson Law.

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