Fourth District Ethics Committee

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the 4th District Ethics Committee. The purpose of the 4th DEC is to investigate ethics complaints against attorneys who have their primary practice in Hennepin County.

The 4th DEC meets on alternating Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m., and meetings typically run anywhere from 1 – 2 hours. You are not expected to attend every meeting; however, you are welcome to attend as many meetings as you’d like. Investigators receive approximately 2 investigations per year. You are required to attend meetings in person when you have an investigation due (all investigations are due 90 days after their assignment).

The Committee hears investigators’ reports, discusses them and recommends to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) whether or not discipline is warranted. Volunteer investigators may serve two consecutive three-year terms, take one year off, and serve an additional two consecutive three-year terms. We ask that people commit to at least one year on the Committee. New investigators must attend a training session (held at the HCBA, approximately 2.5 hours long) before receiving their first investigation.

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