About the Commission on Professionalism

The purpose of the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is to promote professionalism among attorneys admitted to practice law in Ohio, devoting its attention to the law as a profession and to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and honor among members of the profession.

Governed by Gov. Bar. Rule XV, the Commission is charged with the following duties:

(1) Monitor and coordinate professionalism efforts and activities in Ohio courts, bar associations, and law schools and by other entities;

(2) Monitor professionalism efforts and activities in jurisdictions outside Ohio;

(3) Promote and sponsor state and local activities that emphasize and enhance professionalism;

(4) Develop and make available educational materials and other information for use by judicial organizations, bar associations, law schools, and other entities in emphasizing and enhancing professionalism;

(5) Assist in the development of law school orientation programs, law school curricula, new lawyer training programs, and continuing education programs that emphasize professionalism;

(6) Make recommendations to the Supreme Court, judicial organizations, bar associations, law schools, and other entities on methods by which professionalism can be enhanced.

(7) Oversee and administer a mentoring program for attorneys newly admitted to the practice of law in Ohio as the Commission deems appropriate.

Membership on the Commission on Professionalism

The Commission is composed of five judges, six lawyers, two law school administrators or faculty and two persons not admitted to practice law in any state. Lawyer commissioners are appointed by the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium. All other commissioners are appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio on a rotating basis. Commissioners are appointed for three-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive full terms. View the current membership roster.

The Secretary to the Commission is charged with planning, organizing, coordinating and directing all aspects of the Commission's responsibilities.

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