Posts Written By: Chris Weber

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

Responding to a Grievance, Part 3: Recommendations for Responding

In this 3-part discussion, we explore grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 3, we give 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 is not an absolute drop-dead date, […]

Responding to a Grievance, Part 2: Times for Investigation

In this 3-part discussion, we explore grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 2, we detail 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 the date of receipt to conclude […]

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

In this 3-part discussion, we explore grievances and how to respond to them. In Part 1, we explain 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 the result of poor communications, […]

Lawyer Protection – The Engagement Letter

Carefully drafted engagement letters memorialize reasonable expectations. They can also provide protection for lawyers. Although one size does not fit all, engagement letters should: Identify the client, including who is not the client in the corporate family context. For example, consider language clarifying that representation of a corporate entity is not to be construed as […]