Ore. Lawyer Reprimanded for Response to Online Review
An Oregon lawyer has been reprimanded for going too far in defending himself against a former client’s critical online reviews. On July 15, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a decision sanctioning attorney Brian Conry, who had been called “crooked,” among other things, in reviews on Yelp, Google and Avvo. In responding to the reviews, Conry disclosed the crimes for which his former client had been convicted. In one response, he also named his former client, who then filed a complaint with the state bar. The bar disciplinary board suspended Conry for 30 days, citing his violation of professional conduct rules for disclosing information relating to the representation of a client. Conry appealed to the Supreme Court, which reduced his penalty to a public reprimand.
Mass. Nursing Grads Unable to Schedule Licensure Exams
Recent nursing school graduates in Massachusetts have experienced licensure delays because they haven’t been able to schedule the necessary exams. According to CBS, the delays are related to the thousands of temporary license issued during the COVID crisis. All of the nurses issued those licenses now need to take exams to qualify for permanent licensure.
Calif. Doctors, Reformers Fight over License Fees
California’s physician lobby is locked in a battle with regulatory reformers following a Los Angeles Times investigation suggesting that the state medical board is too lenient on incompetent doctors. According to the Times, a tiny fraction of complaints against physicians lead to license revocations. Reform advocates seek to raise license fees substantially to beef up enforcement activity, but they’ve run into significant opposition from the California Medical Assn.
Think Tank Releases Data on Teacher Exam Passage Rates
For many years, data showing aspiring teachers’ passage rates on licensure exams remained largely out of public view. As reported by Education Week, however, the National Council on Teacher Quality released information showing passage rates by state. Among the findings: In states with licensure exams the NCTQ considers well-structured, only 45% of test takers pass on their first attempt.
Minn. Police Board Updates Crowd Control Policies
Minnesota’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board recently adopted model policies for the use of force during protests and rallies, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. However, the board’s role is largely advisory, as it can enforce violations only by police chiefs and sheriffs rather than individual law enforcement officers. The new standards prohibit the use of batons, Tasers and other crowd-dispersal weapons unless an imminent threat exists to public safety.
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