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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New Opinions from the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline

OPINION 2006-3
Issued April 7, 2006


SYLLABUS: A probate judge may teach a six hour course on the topic of adult protective services at a training program for employees of county departments of job and family services, provided the activity does not interfere with the performance of judicial duties, but the probate judge should not accept compensation. Compensation for such activity is prohibited under both the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct and Ohio Ethics Law. Compensation to the probate judge from the state department of job and family services does not uphold the integrity, independence, and impartiality of the judiciary as required under Canons 1 and 2 of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct and would be an honorarium, improper compensation, and an unlawful interest in a public contract under Ohio Ethics Law. Prospective application of this opinion is recommended.

OPINION 2006-4
Issued April 7, 2006

SYLLABUS: In announcing the opening of a law practice, an attorney may send an announcement card and a biography to members of the bar, business entities, and others. If the attorney wishes to announce the opening of a law practice by sending a personalized letter and a biography to fellow members of the bar, the letter is not subject to the requirements for direct mail solicitation in DR 2-101(F)(2). But, if an attorney wishes to announce the opening of a law practice by sending a personalized letter and a biography to business entities or others that might need legal services in the areas of law in which the attorney will practice, the letter is subject to the requirements for direct mail solicitation in DR 2-101(F)(2).

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