The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct has issued its second Advisory Opinion (2016-2) of the year. This Advisory Opinion covers a lawyer’s duty to report unprivileged knowledge of another lawyer’s misconduct. The Syllabus of the Opinion states that:
"A lawyer is required under Prof.Cond.R. 8.3 to report any unprivileged knowledge of a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel or a bar association's certified grievance committee. A lawyer shall not reveal privileged information relating to the representation of a client, including information protected by the attorney-client privilege. Prof.Cond.R. 1.6(a). A lawyer may reveal information relating to the representation of a client if the client gives informed consent under Prof.Cond.R. 1.6."
This Opinion replaces Opinion 90-01.
The Ohio Supreme Court provides all of its Advisory Opinions on this page, with various finding tools for accessing them.
The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct has just published its first Ethics Guide on Client File Retention. This Guide covers applicable ethical and legal obligations and discusses confidentiality of client files, retention periods, different types of documents that may be considered property of clients, client retention policies, notices to clients, file closing procedures, destruction of files, emails, digital media and cloud storage, and succession planning. The Board of Professional Conduct also plans to issue more Ethics Guides in the future on "lawyer succession planning and lawyers transitioning to the bench from private or public practice." The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a Press Release containing additional details.
Effective today, Ohio Supreme Court rules and forms will contain gender-neutral terms. Specifically, these changes affect the following Rules: the Rules for the Government of the Bar; the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct; the Ohio Rules of Superintendence; and the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. The topics covered include address marriage, divorce, child support, guardianships, adoption, domestic relations, and domestic violence. These changes were precipitated by the United States Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Case No. 14-556. All of the changes can be found at this link.
This year, the Cleveland Law Library is hosting a series of 8 legal research webinars for CLE credit starting this Friday, March 4, 2016. The Ohio Supreme Court has approved each program for 1 hour of general CLE credit. The topic for this Friday's program is
This program will run from 10-11:00 a.m. and costs $25.00 for members or $30.00 for non-members. Anyone who is interested in this or one of our other programs should check out our online course catalog for more information and online registration. All programs will be held live on 2 separate dates.
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