Saturday, February 15, 2020

Land Of The Giants

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.

Illinois and North Carolina - also leaders in transparency - were represented on the panel by Jerry Larkin and Root Edmondson, who combine about a thousand years of experience in bar discipline.

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

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has filed eight disciplinary case reports with the Ohio Supreme Court. Each report recommends discipline for an attorney charged with professional misconduct.
The parties will have an opportunity to file objections to the board’s report and recommendation with the Supreme Court. If a party files objections, the Supreme Court will schedule the case for oral argument. Oral arguments are not scheduled in reinstatement proceedings, and objections are not permitted in a case submitted upon consideration of a consent-to-discipline agreement.
Additional information about each case, including the report and recommendation, may be obtained by clicking on the Supreme Court case number. Questions regarding cases pending before the Supreme Court should be directed to Court’s Office of Public Information at 614.387.9250.

Butler County

Butler County Bar Association v. Scott Nicolas Blauvelt
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0226
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, stayed

Carroll County

Disciplinary Counsel v. Christine Lynn Falconer (consent-to-discipline)
Supreme Court Case No. 2020-0227
Recommended sanction: Six-month suspension, stayed

Franklin County

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

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

Lucas County

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

Richland County

Disciplinary Counsel v. Byron Dexter Corley
Supreme Court Case No2020-0221
Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, 18 months stayed

(Mike Frisch)

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Can you post a link to the main page?

Posted by: Ed Clinton | Feb 16, 2020 6:40:46 AM

Can you specify the main page you want linked?

Posted by: Michael Frisch | Feb 16, 2020 1:31:06 PM

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