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Professor Greenbaum co-authors treatise providing first comprehensive analysis of Ohio’s new ethics rules

February 14, 2007 | Faculty

Publisher LexisNexis announced the release of a newly revised ethics treatise to help Ohio lawyers, judges, educators and law students understand the new legal ethics rules in the wake of the transition from Code to Rules. The treatise, Ohio Legal Ethics Law under the New Rules, was compiled by lead authors OSU Law Professor Arthur F. Greenbaum and Marc L. Swartzbaugh, a retired Jones Day partner.

The treatise analyzes the new Rules and their Code analogs against the backdrop of Ohio legal ethics law as reflected in disciplinary, malpractice, disqualification decisions and in ethics advisory opinions. Organized under a Model Rule format, the treatise provides a detailed discussion of Ohio’s new Rules of Professional Conduct, which officially replaced the Code of Professional Responsibility on Feb. 1, 2007.

The treatise provides the first comprehensive analysis of the new Ohio rules, explaining the new standards, pointing out their areas of ambiguity and harmonizing them, where possible, with the previous law of professional responsibility in Ohio.

“Identifying the important differences between our old and new legal ethics regimes will be significantly easier for Ohio lawyers with this resource,” said Brian Toohey, a Jones Day partner who advised on the project. “The treatise is intended to help professionals efficiently move from the Code to the Rules.”

As Professor Greenbaum notes, “a change in rules of this magnitude always raises significant interpretive questions, often ones not apparent to the drafters.  We believe the treatise will be of significant value to those involved in the disciplinary process, as well as to all lawyers managing their everyday affairs.”

Arthur F. Greenbaum is the James W. Shocknessy Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he has taught since 1980. Professor Greenbaum is an accomplished author in the areas of Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, and Professional Responsibility. His new work is a successor to his earlier treatise, Lawyer’s Guide to the Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility.