Reporting Misconduct

Reporting Misconduct

Learn about the definition of lawyer misconduct and obligations for reporting misconduct, including the misconduct of other lawyers and judges.


In this tutorial, we’ll explain what misconduct means under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as when lawyers are obligated to report misconduct and the possible consequences for failing to report misconduct.   

I. When should lawyers report?

Model Rule 8.3 imposes an obligation on lawyers to report other lawyers’ ethical violations. But lawyers are not expected to police each other’s every move. The mandatory reporting obligation is limited to ethical violations that...