Recent Changes in Reporting Misconduct

/ 12.Sep, 2012

Earlier this year, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, amended the Rules of Professional Conduct (Rule 8.3), and the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement (Rule 214) to require attorneys to self report any conviction for an offense that is punishable by imprisonment in the jurisdiction of conviction, whether or not a sentence of imprisonment is actually imposed within 20 days of the conviction.  Under the previous rules, the attorney did not have to report a criminal conviction until the attorney was actually sentenced for the crime.  This is a major change as convictions can happen long before sentencing.

-Josh J.T. Byrne, Esquire