Friday, May 25, 2007

Ethical Issues In Hiring And Supervising Non-Lawyer Employees

Ohio has a rule that requires that an attorney who employs a suspended or disbarred former attorney as a paralegal notify Disciplinary Counsel of the arrangement. A lawyer who violated the provisions of this rule was reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court. The lawyer also had a self-laudatory web page ("he's the most qualified lawyer in Ohio to take your case") that included a 10% discount coupon that a prospective client could print out and use for a consultation. The web page had been designed by an outside company and the coupon was inserted by a subordinate employee without the lawyer's knowledge. (Mike Frisch)

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