Legal Commentary Archive

Lawyers & Social Media – Part 1

Social media has revolutionized how lawyers communicate with clients and advertise their services. But technological advances bring not only opportunities, but also pitfalls. Although it remains to be seen precisely how courts and disciplinary authorities will handle matters of discipline involving lawyers and social media, use of social media platforms implicates ethical rules in both […]

Lack of Technology Proficiency Raises Concerns Beyond Just Competence

We have previously posted entries about the relatively new comment 8 to Rule 1.1, which requires lawyers to keep abreast of changes in relevant technology that affects the practice of law. A new ABA article by a New York attorney discusses the possibility that failure to stay current with technological changes can lead to concerns […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]