RESOLUTION SUPPORTING AMENDMENT OF RULES OF PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE

WHEREAS, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (the ABA Standing Committee) has proposed amendments to the ABA Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (the Model Rules), the purpose of which is to conform the Model Rules to the recommendation of the Commission on Evaluation of Disciplinary Enforcement (the McKay Commission) that procedures should be adopted in lieu of discipline for matters in which a lawyer's actions constitute lesser misconduct;

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Disciplinary System is considering methods and procedures for diversion of lesser misconduct;

WHEREAS, the National Association of Bar Counsel is in favor of diversion for minor misconduct, and endorsed the concept of diversion even before the recommendation of the McKay Commission;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has been asked by the ABA Standing Committee to co-sponsor the Committee's report;

WHEREAS, the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association adopted a resolution asking the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association to adopt a resolution stating that the Philadelphia Bar Association wishes to co-sponsor the report as requested.

NOW, THEREFORE , BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association endorses and supports the amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement proposed by the ABA Standing Committee.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association directs the Chancellor to advise the ABA Standing Committee that the Association wishes to co-sponsor the Committee's report.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: February 29, 1996