Adrian D. Thompson, co-partner-in-charge of Taft Cleveland and Chief Diversity Officer of the firm, has been appointed by Justice Fischer to the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct. He will be sworn in at a ceremony on Feb. 8 in the board offices in Columbus, Ohio and will serve a three-year term.
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct is a 28-member, quasi-judicial body appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio that consists of 17 lawyers, seven active or retired judges and four non-lawyers.
The Board's duties are as follows:
- Adjudicating formal complaints of misconduct involving judges and lawyers and making recommendations to the Supreme Court on the appropriate sanction.
- Hearing cases involving the impairment of judges and lawyers and the reinstatement of lawyers suspended from the practice of law.
- Monitoring and assisting bar association-certified grievance committees in the regulation of the legal profession.
- Issuing ethics advisory opinions.
- Advising judges and lawyers on ethics compliance.
- Conducting educational programs on ethics for judges, lawyers and judicial candidates.
- Receiving and retaining financial disclosure statements filed annually by judges, magistrates and judicial candidates.
For more information about the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct, visit here.
Thompson earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1986. He provides counsel for private sector clients on issues including equal employment opportunity litigation, wage-hour problems, employment of the disabled, federal housing and other labor matters.