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Proviso Probe

Friday, September 02, 2005

ARDC responds regarding Emanuel C. Welch

Complaining about attorneys to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois is easy.

Today I received a response to my complaint about Emanuel "Chris" Welch.

From the ARDC letter dated September 1, 2005 and signed by Althea K. Welsh.

Out inquiry will focus on your allegations of a violation of Rule 8.4(b)(1) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. Because Mr. Welch does not represent the School Board, we do not believe that Rule 1.7 applies in the situation you describe.

I intend to appeal the ruling on 1.7. Since Rule 1.7 merely imposes a disclosure requirement, it doesn't seem particularly onerous to make attorneys serving as public officials to disclose prior attorney-client relationships on matters before them.


  • I'm also not happy about the wording of the letter saying the attorneys represent the School Boards. They are being paid by the school districts. The attorneys should see the school districts as their clients, not the school boards.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:59 AM, September 02, 2005  

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