Contentious ABA Anti-Bias Rule Could Face Local Challenges

Law360, New York (August 9, 2016, 7:46 PM EDT) -- A flurry of late changes to a controversial American Bar Association anti-discrimination rule mollified most opponents and ultimately secured approval from a majority of delegates, but the policy may still face opposition as state judges and ethics committees ponder enactment and whether the rule undermines free speech and other rights.

Looking at a "black letter" rule that for the first time defines attorney discrimination and harassment in any professional arena as misconduct subject to discipline, a smattering of "no" voices among ABA delegates at a Monday vote in San Diego were overwhelmed by supporters, many of whom had opposed the change...

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