Rule 8.4 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 […]

Board of Professional Conduct Releases Advisory Opinion on Marijuana

In an Advisory Opinion issued August 5, 2016, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct advised Ohio lawyers that they might be violating federal law by advising clients in the medical marijuana industry, or by using prescribed marijuana themselves. Ohio Sub. H.B. 523 permits the growth, processing, use, and sale of medical marijuana. Federal law, however, […]

Cleveland Attorney Permanently Disbarred for Role in Fraud

The Supreme Court of Ohio has permanently disbarred Anthony O. Calabrese, III of Cleveland as a result of multiple violations of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct in connection with Calabrese’s role in what the Cleveland Plain Dealer has called, “Cuyahoga County’s largest-ever corruption scandal.” Calabrese was indicted in 2012 on twenty counts of racketeering, […]

Cleveland Attorney Suspended For Using State Database to Track Ex-Wife

The Ohio Supreme Court has imposed a two-year suspension on a Cleveland attorney who used a state database to keep tabs on his children and ex-wife. Rosel C. Hurley, III of Cleveland improperly used the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) while he was employed at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 2011 and 2012. OHLEG […]

Ethical Tips for Lawyers Online: Part Four

We covered LinkedIn in Part 1, Facebook in Part 2, Twitter in Part 3 and the final installment of “Ethical Tips for Lawyers Online” will tackle Groupon. With lawyers using online resources more than ever to generate business, communicate with clients and potential clients, interact with other lawyers and the public, and discuss their practice […]