Rule 203. Grounds for discipline.

 (a)  Acts or omissions by a person subject to these rules, individually or in concert with any other person or persons, which violate the Disciplinary Rules, shall constitute misconduct and shall be grounds for discipline, whether or not the act or omission occurred in the course of an attorney-client relationship.

 (b)  The following shall also be grounds for discipline:

   (1)  Conviction of a crime.

   (2)  Wilful failure to appear before the Supreme Court, the Board or Disciplinary Counsel for censure, public or private reprimand, or informal admonition.

   (3)  Wilful violation of any other provision of the Enforcement Rules.

   (4)  Failure by a respondent-attorney without good cause to comply with any order under the Enforcement Rules of the Supreme Court, the Board, a hearing committee or special master.

   (5)  Ceasing to meet the requirements for licensure as a foreign legal consultant set forth in Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 341(a)(1) or (3).

   (6)  Making a material misrepresentation of fact or deliberately failing to disclose a material fact in connection with an application submitted under the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules.

   (7)  Failure by a respondent-attorney without good cause to respond to Disciplinary Counsel’s request or supplemental request under Disciplinary Board Rules, §  87.7(b) for a statement of the respondent-attorney’s position.

 (c)  The Board, its hearing committees, special masters and (when administering informal admonitions) Disciplinary Counsel are ‘‘tribunals’’ within the meaning of the Disciplinary Rules.


   The provisions of this Rule 203 amended October 3, 1990, effective October 27, 1990, and shall govern all matters thereafter commenced and, insofar as just and practicable, matters then pending, 20 Pa.B. 5364; amended September 19, 2003, effective October 4, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 4891; amended March 17, 2005, effective September 1, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 1972; March 21, 2006, effective April 8, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 1642; amended July 29, 2009, effective 30 days; amended May 26, 2011, effective in 30 days, 41 Pa.B. 2932; amended May 17, 2012, effective in 30 days, 42 Pa.B. 3127. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (357242).

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