Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

A Bar Complaint Is No Piece of Candy

October 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Anne Seidel

It’s certainly no treat to have a bar grievance filed against you. Here are some tricks and tips that may make the process a little easier for you.

Review your file and other documents before submitting a response. The advice in law school to “prepare, prepare, prepare” is never more important than when you’re responding to a grievance. All too often, busy lawyers don’t take grievances seriously enough and dash off a response that they assume will make the grievance go away. While sometimes that works, a hastily drafted response can cause problems.

If the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) decides to...

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