Saturday, February 15, 2020
I had the privilege to sit on a panel discussing bar discipline transparency at the Austin Texas meeting of the National Organization of Bar Counsel.
As the odd blogger on a panel of disciplinary administrators, I came to sing the praises of the Ohio Supreme Court web page.
Richard Dove, Director of the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct , gave the group an understanding of the effort that goes into creating and maintaining a web page that provides full and ready access to bar discipline records.
My hope is that the discussion will trickle back to the jurisdictions and inspire some thinking on the public interest in a web presence that offers access to all public lawyer discipline records.
Ohio provides everything. While that may not be a feasible approach in all states, there was a consensus that findings of misconduct - trial court/hearing panel reports as well as final orders of discipline - should be readily available on the web.
The latest from the Ohio page
Butler County Bar Association v. Scott Nicolas Blauvelt
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0226
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, stayed
Disciplinary Counsel v. Christine Lynn Falconer (consent-to-discipline)
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0227
Recommended sanction: Six-month suspension, stayed
Disciplinary Counsel v. David Kelsey Connors
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0217
Recommended sanction: Indefinite suspension; no credit for time served under interim felony suspension
Disciplinary Counsel v. Jason Allan Sarver
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0229
Recommended sanction: Permanent disbarment
Lorain County Bar Association v. Jeffrey Hile Weir II
Supreme Court Case No. 2019-0150
Recommended sanction: Indefinite suspension; no credit for time served under interim default suspension
Toledo Bar Association v. Thomas Alan Yoder
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0228
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, one year stayed
Disciplinary Counsel v. Hon. Alfonso Jesus Gonzalez
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0230
Recommended sanction: Public reprimand
Disciplinary Counsel v. Byron Dexter Corley
Supreme Court Case No2020-0221
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, 18 months stayed