Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Illinois Attorney Grievance and Registration Commission Annual Report for 2011 is available on the ARDC web page.
The report is a treasure trove of information about complaints, investigations and sanctions broken down by age, gender, practice setting, areas of law and other factors that gives a comprehensive understanding of the workings of the Illinois disciplinary process.
One highlight: Of 165 lawyers disciplined in 2011, 120 were solo practicioners, 28 were in firms of 2 to 10 attorneys, one was in a firm of 11 to 25 attorneys, six in larger firms, four in government or judicial positions, three in-house and three "no practice."
And in a tribute to David Letterman, we have the "top ten" causes of trust account overdrafts:
1. check issued against uncollected funds (post-dated check syndrome).
2. deposited item returned.
3. failure to make timely deposit.
4. failure to account for bank fees.
5. on-line computer banking errors.
6. telephone banking errors.
7. using account for personal purposes.
8. lawyer math errors.
9. using wrong checkbook.
10. it was the bank's fault.
As I may have have mentioned before, you could not get this type of information about the D.C. system with a crowbar.
Response to question: How many Bars provide this type of information online? My guess is maybe a half dozen or so --Michigan and Maryland have reports tha I have seen.
This Illinois one linked above is notable for the depth of the information. (Mike Frisch)