The Purpose of Discipline
The purpose of the disciplinary system is to monitor the legal profession’s compliance with the standards of ethics and to discipline lawyers whose conduct violates those standards.
Neither the ODC or the Disciplinary Board provide legal services or give advice to anyone making a complaint. The compliant process should not be viewed as a substitute for a civil action for damages against the lawyer. The disciplinary system is not designed to compensate a complaining party for monetary loss or emotional distress incurred as a result of a unethical conduct. If you seek to recover money damages, you should consult another attorney to discuss bringing a civil suit against the original lawyer for money damages.
The forms of discipline which may be imposed upon a lawyer for unethical conduct are: private admonitions, public reprimand, suspension for a specified period of time, and disbarment.
Where a disciplinary sanction is deserved, the actual result will depend upon the nature of the offense and the severity of the lawyer’s actions.
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