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January 1980


n most states the legal profession and the general public have been forced to endure a fragmented and non-uniform mechanism for disciplining attorneys who are guilty of professional misconduct. This has not been the case in Arkansas. Although it lacks an integrated bar, the state for four decades has enjoyed a unified disciplinary system under the control of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Arkansas' centralized approach to regulating the legal profession has been justifiably praised, but significant weaknesses hamper its continued effectiveness. This article reviews the development of the disciplinary system in Arkansas, evaluates the existing structure and criticizes, in some instances, the application of the rules and procedures governing the discipline of attorneys. The purpose of this review is to demonstrate that problems exist and to suggest reforms that should help correct them.

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