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Remembering Chuck Kettlewell '71

Chuck Kettlewell '71 was a man of honor. From his earliest days as honor council chairman for his graduating class at Moritz, Chuck was concerned with ethics, integrity and responsibility. He built a life and a legal practice based on those ideals.

Before starting his career in private practice, Chuck served as a Supreme Court of Ohio law clerk to Justice Leonard Stern. Current Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Terrence O'Donnell was Chuck's co-clerk. Recalling his friend, Justice O'Donnell said, "Chuck was a first-rate lawyer who demonstrated expertise in the field of legal ethics and professionalism. He will forever be remembered as a credit to our profession."

Following his clerkship, Chuck worked as an Ohio assistant disciplinary counsel for six years. In the intervening years, he 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 was also instrumental in developing international programs on legal ethics including programs in China, England, Canada, France, and Italy.

Chuck's private practice focused on legal ethics and professional responsibility, risk management, preventative consultations and advisory opinions, and disciplinary issues. He also represented applicants in admissions issues and others in unauthorized practice of law issues.

His leadership in the field of ethics and professional responsibility was legendary. Chuck 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.

Chuck Kettlewell
The ABA honored Chuck in 2003 with the Michael Franck Award

In 2003, Chuck received the ABA's Michael Franck Award for Professional Responsibility. This prestigious award was created in 1994 to acknowledge individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to professionalism and the highest standards of legal ethics. He was also a past president of the National Organization of Bar Counsel.

Professor Kettlewell taught at Moritz every year since 1977. Despite his busy law practice and leadership responsibilities at the state and national level, he always found time to guide and counsel students. Dean Rogers says, "His personal integrity came across in his teaching, writing, and service. He was an extraordinary role model." Columbus Bar Counsel Bruce Campbell once said of him, "When Chuck teaches, the folks in his audience - law students or lawyers - come away with chunks of common sense with the academic blather stripped off."

Chuck is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen K. and Robert Schriner; son and daughter-in-law, Charles J. and Susan Kettlewell; and grandsons, Nicholas and Curtis Schriner.