The California State Bar is considering a rule that would drastically change the practice of resigning with discipline charges pending. If ultimately approved, the new rule would require lawyers to either concede misconduct or plead no contest. (Unfortunately, the Daily Journal doesn't provide internet access, so I will provide a link once the American Lawyer Media covers the story.) According to the State Bar, the current practice allows the accused lawyer to "hide the nature and extent of his misconduct." Of course, the current practice also allows for efficient disbarment. Whether this change would incent lawyers to contest claims remains to be seen. About half the states have rules similar to the one that California is proposing.