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March 08, 2021

Survey on Lawyer Discipline Systems 1998



Introduction to 1998 S.O.L.D. Results

The ABA Survey on Lawyer Discipline Systems questionnaires for 1998 were sent to 55 lawyer disciplinary agencies. Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia did not respond to the 1998 Survey. When reviewing the data, please note that during 1988 the California disciplinary system was shut down for a period of time due to a funding crisis. Totals for medians and averages of various categories are listed where potentially meaningful. In most instances, averages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

The Survey consists of eight charts arranged alphabetically by jurisdiction, with footnotes if clarification of data is necessary. In some instances exact figures were not available. Therefore, approximate figures were provided. The abbreviation "N/A" means that the data was not available or applicable. These charts were compiled from statistics reported to the ABA by the various jurisdictions.

Questions regarding the Survey should be addressed to Ellyn S. Rosen, Associate Regulation Counsel, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, (312) 988-5311, [email protected].

1998 S.O.L.D. Survey Results

The information contained in the Survey on Lawyer Discipline Systems is not intended to constitute a comprehensive overview of each jurisdiction's lawyer discipline system, but is a snapshot of data. Where possible, footnotes have been included to address variations in the manner in which jurisdictions operate and maintain statistics. If you have any questions regarding a particular jurisdiction's responses to the Survey, please contact the chief disciplinary counsel for that agency. Click here for contact information for lawyer disciplinary agencies.
Chart I Lawyer Population and Agency Caseload Volume
Chart II Sanctions Imposed
Chart III Reinstatement and Readmission Statistics
Chart IV Disciplinary Agency Caseload Statistics
Chart V Case Processing Time Guidelines
Chart VI Budget Information and Sources of Funding
Chart VII Allocation of Dues and Fees in State Disciplinary Systems
Chart VIII Staffing of Disciplinary Agencies


ABA S.O.L.D. Surveys

2003 Survey

2002 Survey

2001 Survey

2000 Survey

1999 Survey

1998 Survey

1998 American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Professional Discipline

Paula J. Frederick

Timothy W. Bouch
Charleston, NC

Mary C. Daly
New York, NY

Thomas A. Decker
Philadelphia, PA

Gerald M. Eisenstat
Vineland, NJ

Virginia L. Ferrara
Albuquerque, NM

Hon. Barbara Kerr Howe
Towson, MD

Kimberlee K. Kovach
Austin, TX


Board of Governors
Joseph J. Roszkowski
Atlanta, GA

National Organization of Bar Counsel
Robert J. Saltzman
Brooklyn, NY

American Bar Association
Center for Professional Responsibility

Jeanne P. Gray

Mary M. Devlin
Regulation Counsel

Ellyn S. Rosen
Associate Regulation Counsel