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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 25, 2020 12:11 PM
From: Representative Liz Hanbidge
To: All House members
Subject: Continuing Education Requirement For Attorneys
Each individual has a rich identity and life experience which creates unique perspectives and potential that deserve a fair chance to be realized, irrespective of gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits or characteristics. We are at our best when we enable this equal opportunity, and we are falling far short of our potential when we leave people and communities behind. As our communities continue to grow in diversity, it is imperative that we make meaningful and sustained progress that will require all of us to work together across the legal industry in order to innovate and share insights to help us collectively improve.
Research demonstrates that diversity makes us more innovative and more creative, enables better decision making, and results in deeper, more effective engagement with clients. Additionally, the legal industry can directly impact the disenfranchised, making it even more important to understand and honor each individual’s diversity. This is why I am introducing a resolution urging the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (PACLE) board to mandate one ethics continuing legal education on diversity, equity, and inclusion for every active lawyer in this Commonwealth. The public properly expects that practicing lawyers will maintain certain standards of professional competence and ethical behavior and this continuing legal education seeks to provide a different perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to help ensure we are providing the best possible opportunities in our communities.

Introduced as HR1059