WSR 00-21-059

RULES OF COURT

STATE SUPREME COURT


[ October 11, 2000 ]

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS to RPC 8.4 (g) AND (h) )

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ORDER

NO. 25700-A-691


The Washington State Bar Association having recommended the adoption of the proposed amendments to RPC 8.4 (g) and (h), and the Court having considered the proposed amendments and comments submitted thereto and having determined that the proposed amendments will aid in the prompt and orderly administration of justice;

Now, therefore, it is hereby

ORDERED:

(a) That the amendments as attached hereto are adopted.

(b) That the amendments will be published in the Washington Reports and become effective upon publication.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 11th day of October 2000.
Guy, C. J.


Smith, J.


Talmadge, J.


Johnson, J.



Madsen, J.


Ireland, J.


Alexander, J.


Bridge, J.



RPC 8.4 (g) and (h)

Misconduct



It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:

(a) [No change.]

(b) [No change.]

(c) [No change.]

(d) [No change.]

(e) [No change.]

(f) [No change.]

(g) Commit a discriminatory act prohibited by state law on the basis of sex, race, age, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status, where the act of discrimination is committed in connection with the lawyer's professional activities. In addition, it is professional misconduct to commit a discriminatory act on the basis of sexual orientation if such an act would violate this rule when committed on the basis of sex, race, age, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, or marital status. This rule shall not limit the ability of a lawyer to accept, decline, or withdraw from the representation of a client in accordance with RPC 1.15; or

(h) In representing a client, engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice toward judges, other parties and/or their counsel, witnesses and/or their counsel, jurors, or court personnel or officers, that a reasonable person would interpret as manifesting prejudice or bias on the basis of sex, race, age, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. This rule does not restrict a lawyer from representing a client by advancing material factual or legal issues or arguments.

Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office