ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) in the States

16 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2020

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Josh Blackman

South Texas College of Law Houston

Date Written: January 30, 2020


This essay will provide a brief overview of how the states have responded to ABA Model Rule 8.4(g). Part I reviews opinions from four state attorneys general who concluded that the rule is unconstitutional: Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Part II discusses the states that considered the rule with modifications. Part III reviews the states that considered Rule 8.4(g) as drafted. So far, only one state adopted the rule: Vermont. However, the process is still not over, and other states are currently considering the rule.

Keywords: ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), First Amendment, Legal Ethics

Suggested Citation

Blackman, Josh, ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) in the States (January 30, 2020). 68 Catholic University Law Review 629, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3528792

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