The Duty to Report Violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct: Alternative Views
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AbstractThomas Horwitz wrote a thoughtful, provocative article in the November edition of this Journal critizicing Ohio Advisory Opinion 2007-1. That opinion offers the view of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline on several features of Rule 8.3 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. Rule 8.3 requires lawyers to report certain violations of the Rules. Failure to report is itself a violation of the Rules. Horwitz not only criticized the advisory opinion, he also disapproved the procedures followed by the Board in formulating its advisory opinion. The authors of this article disagree with Howitz and offer their views on Ohio Rule 8.3.