Responding to a Grievance, Part 2: Times for Investigation

In this 3-part discussion, Geoffrey Stern, former Ohio Disciplinary Counsel, explores grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 2, he details the timeframe for investigating grievances: While there are time limits in place to guide an investigation, they are fairly flexible. After receiving a grievance, the ODC or CGC has 60 days from […]

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Responding to a Grievance, Part 1: What is a Grievance?

In this 3-part discussion, Geoff Stern, former Disciplinary Counsel, explores grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 1, he explains what grievances are and how they come to be: Simply put, a grievance is a complaint against a lawyer. It may involve a complaint of unethical conduct, but frequently it may also be […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Says Dismissal of a Grievance May Not Be the Last Word

In a recent disciplinary case, the Supreme Court of Ohio was faced with deciding the finality of a dismissal of a grievance by a certified grievance committee. Their answer was: A committee’s dismissal of a grievance is not a final decision. Roger Kramer of Cleveland was investigated by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association based on […]

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Alabama Chief Justice Attempts to Disqualify Colleagues for Bias

Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court has made headlines this year for his refusal to adhere to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision (which granted same sex couples the right to marry). Now Moore, who is facing ethics charges due to his refusal to honor the federal ruling, has filed a motion […]

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Board of Professional Conduct Releases Advisory Opinion on Marijuana

In an Advisory Opinion issued August 5, 2016, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct advised Ohio lawyers that they might be violating federal law by advising clients in the medical marijuana industry, or by using prescribed marijuana themselves. Ohio Sub. H.B. 523 permits the growth, processing, use, and sale of medical marijuana. Federal law, however, […]

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