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Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Apr. 2, 2024

Navigating the intersection of professional ethics and religious observance

Rule 8.3 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct requires lawyers to report misconduct by other lawyers, but it may conflict with Jewish law, which prohibits informing on fellow Jews.

Baruch C. Cohen

Law Office of Baruch C. Cohen APLC

4929 Wilshire Blvd Ste 940
Los Angeles , CA 90010

Phone: (323) 937-4501

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The legal landscape is constantly evolving, presenting practitioners with new challenges and ethical considerations. One such challenge has arisen with the introduction of Rule 8.3 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, which mandates lawyers to report credible evidence of another lawyer’s misconduct to the California State Bar or relevant tribunal. While this rule serves to uphold standards of professional conduct, it has sparked concerns among some members...

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