ABOUT THE OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL (ODC)
Hawai`i Legal Ethics & Attorney Disciplinary Investigations
ODC carries out two main functions: (1) disciplinary investigations and prosecutions; and (2) professional ethics education.
ODC’s primary function is handling complaints concerning alleged unethical conduct by Hawai`i attorneys and attorneys admitted pro hac vice (out-of-state attorneys admitted for a limited purpose). Ethics investigations may lead to determinations ranging from a finding of no unethical conduct (resulting in a dismissal of the complaint) to institution of formal disciplinary proceedings (leading to possible imposition of serious disciplinary sanctions including suspension or disbarment).
As part of its educational outreach, ODC spends time answering questions on ethical matters regarding prospective conduct. ODC attorneys provide informal guidance to Hawai`i-licensed attorneys, however, as described in more detail in this website, the informal guidance is not binding against ODC.
Other educational activities include submitting articles for publication in the Hawai`i Bar Journal, preparation of ethics-related materials for various continuing legal education programs, and speaking to groups of lawyers and non-lawyers about attorney ethics and discipline issues locally and nationally.
Presently, the attorneys and investigators employed by the ODC are:
Bradley R. Tamm Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Rebecca M. Salwin Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Chloe M. R. Dooley Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
Ryan S. Little Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
Andrea R. Sink Disciplinary Investigator
Joanna A. Sayavong Disciplinary Investigator
Josiah K. Sewell Disciplinary Investigator