Professional Responsibility CLE at Capital University Law School

On Friday, April 7, the professional responsibility attorneys presented a seminar at Capital University Law School. The CLE focused on attorney discipline in Ohio, professionalism, lawyers and social media, and recent developments in the area of ethics. View the presentation

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Responding to a Grievance, Part 3: Recommendations for Responding

In this 3-part discussion, Geoffrey Stern, former Ohio Disciplinary Counsel, explores grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 3, he gives step-by-step recommendations for what to do after receiving a grievance: First, open the envelope containing the grievance and the Letter of Inquiry. A response date is contained in the letter. While it […]

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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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