ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) in the States
16 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2020
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
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