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

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 […]

FuturePlan: Template for Succession Plan

The Ohio State Bar Association’s annual “All-Ohio Legal Forum” was held last week in Cincinnati and featured excellent panels and presentations on many of the topics that are most important for Ohio lawyers, including an extended symposium on race and its impact on the profession and a “FuturePlan” series of presentations that shines a spotlight […]

Reporting Attorney Misconduct: The “Fitness as a Lawyer” Factor

View Part 1. View Part 2. In this last part of a series about reporting misconduct under Rule 8.3, we will examine the requirement that the misconduct in question “raises a question as to the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.” If the lawyer possesses unprivileged knowledge of misconduct then this […]

Reporting Attorney Misconduct: The “Knowledge” Factor

In Part 1, we discussed the “privileged” element or restriction on the duty Ohio lawyers have to report misconduct under Rule 8.3; now we will discuss the “knowledge” element. All Ohio attorneys have a duty to report attorney misconduct if it is not privileged and they have knowledge of the misconduct. This is true even […]