The Board of Governors is set to weigh preliminary approval of a proposed rule amendment, drafted with Criminal Law Section input, that would provide for the emergency suspension of lawyers facing felony charges.

The Disciplinary Procedure Committee voted unanimously November 23 to approve the latest version of proposed amendments to Bar Rule 3-5.2 (Emergency Suspension; Emergency Suspension Relating to Felony Charges; Interim Probation; Interim Placement on the Inactive List for Incapacity Not Related to Misconduct; and Freezing Trust Accounts).

The committee is scheduled to present the proposal on first reading when the board meets December 3 on Amelia Island.