Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions

Learn about all aspects of lawyer discipline, including when bar associations may pursue disciplinary actions, the purpose and authority to pursue such actions, and the applicable statutes of limitations.


This clip will explain when bar associations may pursue disciplinary actions against lawyers; the purpose of disciplinary actions; the state’s authority to pursue disciplinary actions; and the statute of limitations on misconduct.

I. Disciplinable conduct

Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules generally states that a lawyer can be disciplined for either violating a disciplinary rule, or for conduct that reflects poorly on their honesty or fitness to practice law. Violating a disciplinary rule includes...