Thursday, January 16, 2014

On attorney disciplinary measures…

The role of coincidence & serendipity in the world not being questioned, we’re noting a Plain Dealer article earlier this week about an attorney lawyer facing disbarment Tuesday arguing to the state supreme court that the recommended punishment was too harsh, while the Office of Disciplinary Council, pursuing the case, that the punishment was not harsh enough. (Report recommending permanent disbarment)

  Interestingly enough, the Supreme Court’s news service that same day carried an article on "Practical Disciplinary Advice for Lawyers", suggesting some practical advice for attorneys facing those kinds of hearings. That article noted that  “2012 statistics from the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline show more than 44,000 active registered lawyers and 4,280 total grievances filed that year -- Statistically, about 1 grievance for every 10 attorneys, suggesting about a 1 in 10 chance of being grieved, although more than 50 percent of grievances will be dismissed on intake or after an initial review.”

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