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Why did Ohio State hire Jonathan Coughlan as an ethics professor?

What in the world was Alan C. Michaels, Dean of the Moritz School of Law at OSU thinking when he agreed to employ Jonathan Coughlan as an adjunct professor to teach law students
If Dean Michaels’ hiring of Jonathon Coughlan to teach ethics to law students at Ohio State University was a good idea, then the same could be said if he and/or Gordon Gee, President of the University gave their official imprimatur in regards to the following employment opportunities at OSU.
Madonna teaching a class on the efficacy of monogamous relationships
The late Jeffrey Dahmer teaching a course as to the benefits of a vegetarian diet
Glenn Beck appointed to head the School of Communication as to journalistic integrity
Suffice it to say that Jonathon Coughlan’s rather deplorable record in overseeing the attorney/judicial disciplinary process in Ohio leaves much to desire. In fact, during his tenure, Ohio has ranked dead last in disciplining attorneys.
In fact, a recent editorial in The Sandusky Register (2/14/10) reveals that Mr. Coughlan admitted that on average he receives 3,200 ethics complaints each year that result in him actually doing anything in a mere forty (40) cases. Of course these anemic numbers are facially absurd.
There are approximately 35,000 attorneys in Ohio. To believe that in any given year, only 40 of them engaged in provable misconduct doesn’t pass the involuntary laugh test. There are least that many running amok in Toledo; three times as many in Columbus and Cincinnati, and 10 to 15 times as many in the greater Cleveland area, which would include Akron and Canton.
The only conceivable way that this ongoing charade will ever come to an end, is if someone other than Justice Maureen O’Connor replaces Chief Justice Thomas Moyer in November. If she wins, I’m sure nothing will change and that Mr. Coughlan will continue to relish in going after the “low hanging fruit.”
To view a copy of the Sandusky Register editorial and a recent article regarding this matter, visit the URL listed below.
Secrecy re: attorney/judge ethics complaints as practiced by Chief Justice Moyer and the Ohio Supreme Court

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