Illinois Supreme Court to hold public hearing on proposed rule amendments

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee is set to conduct a public hearing on November 15, where feedback on five proposals will be sought. The hearing will encompass proposed amendments to Rule 8.4, addressing attorney misconduct, and Rule 794, outlining the 6-hour professional responsibility MCLE requirement.

For those interested in providing comments on the proposals, written statements must be submitted to the Rules Committee by no later than Wednesday, November 8.

One of the proposals, Proposal 22-06, put forth aims to amend RPC 8.4 and its Committee Comments. The proposed changes include removing the prior adjudication precondition for discipline related to harassment or discrimination. Moreover, the proposal seeks to explicitly incorporate sexual harassment into the definition of misconduct, introduce a ‘reasonably should know’ standard, and implement other alterations to the rule based on the ABA’s model rule on discrimination.

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