Ohio SC reinstates former AG's law license

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 11, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated the law license of former Attorney General Marc Dann.

The state's high court granted Dann's application for reinstatement, according to a case announcement list published Tuesday.

Dann applied to have his license reinstated, following a six-month suspension, last month.

In May 2008 -- just two years after being elected -- he was forced to resign as the state's top lawyer.

He later pleaded guilty to ethics violations involving campaign and transition funds.

Richard Cordray, who now heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was elected to the attorney general post in November 2008 to serve the remainder of Dann's term.

In November, the state Supreme Court ordered a six-month suspension of Dann's license, following the recommendation of the state Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline.

The board's recommendation was based on findings that Dann was convicted of two misdemeanor offenses and violated state attorney discipline rules by improperly using funds from his political campaign account to provide extra compensation to two senior members of his staff, and by filing inaccurate financial disclosure statements while he held public office.

In particular, the board found that he engaged in conduct that adversely reflected on his "fitness" to practice law by using campaign funds to cover the Columbus living expenses of two senior aides while they were employed by the Attorney General's Office.

The board also found that Dann failed to report in his 2006 and 2007 financial disclosure statements checks he received from his campaign account or his use of a private jet leased by a campaign contributor to fly himself, family members and guests to a conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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