The Office of Lawyer Regulation More Effectively Balances the Needs of the Public and Attorneys
Swendson, Emily A.
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This paper examines the changes in the Wisconsin disciplinary system in order to demonstrate that the new disciplinary system offers improved protection of grievants and attorneys. I will use information derived from my internship at the Office of Lawyer Regulation, informal interviews with the Office of Lawyer Regulation staff, newspapers articles, and various reports, studies and recommendations of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the Office of Lawyer Regulation. First, I will explore the founding principles of a lawyer regulation system. Second, I will examine the earlier attempt to create an effective disciplinary system. Third, I will look at why the Board of Attorney Professional Responsibility, the previous disciplinary system's credibility and effectiveness were called into question. Fourth, I will analyze how the new disciplinary system, the Office of Lawyer Regulation, differs from the earlier disciplinary system. Last, I show that the creation of the new regulatory system is more effective at redressing the concerns of grievants and protecting the interests and independence of attorneys.