Tom McGarry and Tom Sukowicz Author Article on ABA Rules Prohibiting Discriminatory Conduct

May 12, 2016

Thomas P. McGarry and Thomas P. Sukowicz, attorneys in the Lawyers for the Profession® group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article "Rules Prohibit Discriminatory Conduct Under Limited Circumstances," published by the Leading Lawyers Law Bulletin Law Day 2016 Edition.

The article addresses a recent American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility proposal to amend ABA Model Rule of Conduct 8.4 (Misconduct). The amendment would add a subsection to the rule providing that

it would be professional misconduct for a lawyer to knowingly harass or discriminate against persons on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status, while engaged [in conduct related to] [in] the practice of law.

In their discussion, the authors also address various court cases involving discriminatory conduct and states with similar conduct rules.

To read "Rules Prohibit Discriminatory Conduct Under Limited Circumstances," visit the Leading Lawyers Law Bulletin website.

Tom McGarry is a veteran trial lawyer. His civil litigation practice emphasizes the defense of professionals in federal and state courts and disciplinary agencies. For more than 30 years, Mr. McGarry has focused on representing lawyers and lawyers' professional liability insurers.

Tom Sukowicz has devoted his career to issues involving lawyers’ professional liability and responsibility. His practice emphasizes professional liability, legal ethics, risk management, loss prevention and the defense of lawyers in disciplinary proceedings.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.