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Section/Rule:4- 8. 1
Subject: Rule 4 - Rules Governing the Missouri Bar and the Judiciary - Rules of Professional Conduct Publication / Adopted Date:September 28, 1993
Topic:Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession - Bar Admission and Disciplinary MattersRevised / Effective Date:July 1, 2007


RULE 4-8.1: BAR ADMISSION AND DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

An applicant for admission to the bar or a lawyer in connection with a bar admission application or in connection with a disciplinary matter shall not:
COMMENT

[1] The duty imposed by this Rule 4-8.1 extends to persons seeking admission to the bar as well as to lawyers. Hence, if a person makes a material false statement in connection with an application for admission, it may be the basis for subsequent disciplinary action if the person is admitted, and in any event may be relevant in a subsequent admission application. The duty imposed by this Rule 4-8.1 applies to a lawyer's own admission or discipline as well as that of others. Thus, it is a separate professional offense for a lawyer to knowingly make a misrepresentation or omission in connection with a disciplinary investigation of the lawyer's own conduct. Rule 4-8.1(b) also requires correction of any prior misstatement in the matter that the applicant or lawyer may have made and affirmative clarification of any misunderstanding on the part of the admissions or disciplinary authority of which the person involved becomes aware.

[2] Rule 4-8.1 is subject to the provisions of the fifth amendment of the United States Constitution and corresponding provisions of state constitutions. A person relying on such a provision in response to a question, however, should do so openly and not use the right of nondisclosure as a justification for failure to comply with Rule 4-8.1.

[3] A lawyer representing an applicant for admission to the bar, or representing a lawyer who is the subject of a disciplinary inquiry or proceeding, is governed by the rules applicable to the client-lawyer relationship, including Rule 4-1.6 and, in some cases, Rule 4-3.3.

(Adopted September 28, 1993, eff. July 1, 1995, Rev. July 1, 2007)