September 10, 2007

Always Be a Good Boy, Don't Ever Play with Law

by PG

Georgetown 1L ChaliceChick notes an interesting unauthorized practice of law case, in which a "jailhouse lawyer" had been challenged for conducting legal research, offering legal advice and preparing and signing legal documents on behalf of other inmates. A majority of the Ohio Supreme Court found that the inmates' right of access to legal assistance meant that prisoner Charles Cotton could not be barred from such work by state Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, only by prison officials. A dissenting justice wrote, "Our authority, and obligation, to regulate the practice of law does not stop at the prison door. We have the same duty to protect other inmates from incompetent and ineffective lawyering."

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