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About the office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC)

Hawai`i Legal Ethics & Attorney Disciplinary Investigations

ODC carries out two main functions: (1) disciplinary investigations and prosecutions[1]; and (2) professional ethics education.

ODC’s primary function is handling complaints concerning alleged unethical conduct by Hawai`i attorneys and attorneys admitted pro hac vice (out-of-state attorneys admitted for a limited purpose)[2].   Ethics investigations may lead to determinations ranging from a finding of no unethical conduct (resulting in a dismissal of the complaint) to institution of formal disciplinary proceedings (leading to possible imposition of serious disciplinary sanctions including suspension or disbarment)[3].

As part of its educational outreach, ODC spends time answering questions on ethical matters regarding prospective conduct. ODC attorneys provide informal guidance to Hawai`i-licensed attorneys, however, as described in more detail in this website, the informal guidance is not binding against ODC.

Other educational activities include submitting articles for publication in the Hawai`i Bar Journal, preparation of ethics-related materials for various continuing legal education programs, and speaking to groups of lawyers and non-lawyers about attorney ethics and discipline issues locally and nationally.

Presently, the attorneys and investigators employed by the ODC are:

Attorneys:

Bradley R. Tamm
Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Rebecca M. Salwin
Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Chloe M. R. Dooley
Assistant Disciplinary Counsel

Ryan S. Little
Assistant Disciplinary Counsel

 

Investigators:

Andrea R. Sink
Disciplinary Investigator

Joanna A. Sayavong
Disciplinary Investigator

Josiah K. Sewell
Disciplinary Investigator

 

[1] RSCH Rule 2.6
[2] RSCH Rule 2.1
[3] RSCH Rule 2.3

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