Thursday, June 21, 2012

More Transparency In Illinois

Last week, I commented that the web page of the North Carolina State Bar was the only place where an attorney's answer to disciplinary charges could be found on line.

Well, that is no longer true.

Now the web page of the Illinois disciplinary system will provide links to answers as well as complaints.

Here is an attorney's answer to a complaint alleging unattributed use of materials authored by others.

Kudos to Illinois.

Were they reading this blog? I'd like to think so.  (Mike Frisch)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2012/06/last-week-i-commented-that-the-web-page-of-the-north-carolina-state-bar-was-the-only-place-where-an-attorneys-answer-to-disc.html

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Comments

Agree 100%.

The very first thing that I always do in a disciplinary case is to move to unseal the case. At first blush, sealing is supposed to protect the attorney from embarrassment. But actually, what it really does is to protect the disciplinary authorities from oversight. Amazing how many times they have refused or delayed unsealing the case even though unsealing is mandatory.

One really has to conclude that they were reading the blog. Otherwise it would be one hell of a coincidence.

Stephen

Posted by: Stephen Williams | Jun 22, 2012 8:00:04 AM

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