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The Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability was established in 2010, initially to provide input from the public perspective on the proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.  The fact that public advocates were not involved in the lengthy drafting process was apparent from the proposed amendments that were published for comment.  A number of the proposals posed significant risk to the interests of clients and the public as a whole.

Executive director Julie Oliver provided oral testimony at public hearings held by the State Bar on the proposed amendments.  Formal written comments on behalf of TCLA were submitted to the Texas Supreme Court.  The final draft issued by the court for a referendum vote of the State Bar membership addressed some of the minor concerns of TCLA.  However, some of the most egregious provisions from the public’s perspective were still included.  As a result, TCLA advocated for the membership to vote against all parts of the referendum.  The membership overwhelmingly defeated the proposed amendments in the referendum vote in early 2011.

In April 2011, TCLA provided input on behalf of the public into the State Bar budget process.  The major concern expressed was the inadequacy of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline budget given the seriously declining number of disciplinary actions completed against Texas attorneys, despite significant increases in the number of attorneys.

The Grievance Oversight Committee (GOC) of the Texas Supreme Court monitors the attorney grievance process and makes recommendations to the court for its improvement.  The 2011 GOC Report raised concerns about two important components of the system, the Client Attorney Assistance Program and the onbudsman.  Although these two programs are intended to make the system more user friendly and better protect the public, a number of problems were identified.

The Supreme Court solicited feedback from affected parties to the GOC report and TCLA submitted its analysis of the GOC report to the court.  TCLA specifically concurred with most of the concerns and recommendations raised by the GOC regarding CAAP and the CDC ombudsman and provided additional recommendations as well.  The TCLA analysis went further to address the alarming decline in discipline numbers without any plausible explanation.  TCLA’s major recommendation was for the court to approve and commission an independent and long-overdue assessment of the Texas attorney grievance system.

Grievances filed in Morton case: Violation of ethics rules in question

From: Austin (KXAN) The Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability announced that executive director Julie Oliver is Monday filing disciplinary grievances against three prosecutors in the Michael Morton case. They are: current Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley former Williamson County District Attorney, who is current District Judge Ken Anderson former Williamson County Assistant District Attorney …

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Grievances filed against Bradley, Anderson and Davis

From: The Wilco Watchdog *Updated to include filings* A lawyers’ accountability group has filed what has been described as the “mother of all grievances” against former prosecutors Ken Anderson and Mike Davis and against current District Attorney John Bradley in the Michael Morton case. The grievances filed are very serious which could lead to being …

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Grievances filed in Morton case: Violation of ethics rules in question

From: Austin (KXAN) The Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability announced that executive director Julie Oliver is Monday filing disciplinary grievances against three prosecutors in the Michael Morton case. They are: current Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley former Williamson County District Attorney, who is current District Judge Ken Anderson former Williamson County Assistant District Attorney …

Read more

Grievances filed against Bradley, Anderson and Davis

From: The Wilco Watchdog *Updated to include filings* A lawyers’ accountability group has filed what has been described as the “mother of all grievances” against former prosecutors Ken Anderson and Mike Davis and against current District Attorney John Bradley in the Michael Morton case. The grievances filed are very serious which could lead to being …

Read more