Posts Written By: Jonathan Coughlan

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, […]

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 […]