Chuck Kettlewell '71 Wins ABA's Top Professional Responsibility Award
Worthington, Ohio lawyer Chuck Kettlewell was a founder and the first president of the Association of Professional Responsibility, the national organization of lawyers practicing and teaching in the field. He was a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and served on numerous subcommittees. Chuck was also a member of the ABA Commission on Evaluation of Disciplinary Enforcement and was appointed to study and make recommendations regarding the nationwide status of disciplinary enforcement.
In 1997 he served as chair of the editorial board for the ABA/BNA Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct, and was a member of the ABA Committee on Lawyer Responsibility for Client Protection. He also served on the ABA Joint Committee on Professional Sanctions, which published the ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions in 1986.
Before starting his career in private practice, Chuck worked as Ohio assistant disciplinary counsel for six years. Since then he has authored more than 1,600 private advisory opinions for lawyers and firms, represented more than 800 lawyers in disciplinary cases, and served as a consultant or testifying expert on more than 200 malpractice cases. He has also been instrumental in developing international programs on legal ethics including programs in China and Italy.
Chuck's practice concentrates on lawyer ethics, risk management and disciplinary issues. He also represents applicants in admissions issues and others in unauthorized practice of law issues. Bruce Campbell '65, the Columbus Bar Association's bar counsel says, "Chuck's clients are not the only ones who benefit from his intellect and integrity; so too do all the other players in the process."
Since 1977, Chuck has taught a course every term at the Moritz College of Law. Dean Nancy H. Rogers says, "We are doubly proud to be have an alumnus and one of the nation's most respected leaders in the field teaching legal ethics and professional responsibility to our students." She adds, " His personal integrity comes across in his teaching, writing, and service. He is an extraordinary role model."
Bar Counsel Bruce Campbell agrees, although a bit more colorfully, "When Chuck teaches, the folks in the audience – law students or lawyers – come away with chunks of common sense with the academic blather stripped off. When he litigates, the distinction between a consummate advocate and a gratuitously contentious mouthpiece becomes wondrously clear."
The ABA created the Michael Franck Award for professional Responsibility in 1994 to acknowledge individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to professionalism and the highest standards of legal ethics. Franck was executive director of the State Bar of Michigan and a long-standing champion of improvements in lawyer regulation in the public interest.