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April 11, 2011
Veteran Lawyer Named to Lead Lawyer Discipline Board

Rick Dove to Replace Outgoing Board Secretary Jon Marshall, Who Has Served for 22 Years

Jonathan Marshall Richard A. DoveAs the board that oversees the disciplinary system for Ohio lawyers and judges prepares to say goodbye to its highly respected longtime secretary, a smooth transition will be aided by the naming this week of a veteran Ohio lawyer and ethics expert as the new secretary.

Richard A Dove, an attorney with a 22-year career at the Supreme Court of Ohio, was named as secretary of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline at the board’s meeting Friday. Dove will replace Jon Marshall, who will retire at the end of June. Marshall has been with the board since 1989.

“We have been fortunate to have Jon Marshall’s steady leadership for two decades, and his contributions to the legal system in Ohio will be felt for years to come” said board chairman Stephen Rodeheffer, of the law firm Rodeheffer & Miller Ltd. “With the selection of Rick Dove as our new secretary, the disciplinary system in Ohio will be in extremely capable hands.”

The board is composed of 28 members, appointed by the Supreme Court. Four are public members, seven are active or retired judges and 17 are lawyers throughout the state. The board issues findings and recommendations to the Court on serious ethical misconduct complaints lodged against Ohio attorneys and judges. The secretary serves as chief legal officer for the board and is responsible for interpreting the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Dove currently serves as the assistant administrative director of the Supreme Court. His duties include assisting in the daily management of the Court and directing special projects and initiatives.

Dove’s service to the Supreme Court began in 1989, during which time he spent 15 years as the Court’s primary liaison with the Ohio General Assembly and other state government offices and managing the Court’s government relations program.  His work at the Court has included providing counsel to the Supreme Court on a variety of administrative and legal matters, directing the work of the Court’s Attorney Services Division, and serving as secretary or liaison to more than 20 Supreme Court committees including the Rules Advisory Committee, Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, Task Force on Rules of Professional Conduct, and Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct.  He presently serves as secretary/treasurer of the Ohio Judicial Center Foundation Inc., the charitable and fundraising arm of the Court’s Commission on the Ohio Judicial Center.

Dove is member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, and has served as president and treasurer of the board.  Dove also is the ex officio designee of the Chief Justice to the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation board of trustees and, from 1998-2007, served as a member, president, vice president, and treasurer of the board of trustees of the North Side Child Development Center/Turning Point (now Columbus Early Learning Centers).

Dove received his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University and his law degree from the Capital University Law School. He is admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Before joining the Supreme Court staff, Dove served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Alan E. Norris and as legal counsel to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee.

Life-long Ohio residents, Dove and his wife, Patty, live in Dublin.

Marshall has served as chief legal officer and secretary for the Board of Commissioners since 1989.  He earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in 1966 and his law degree from Capital University Law School in 1970.

He practiced law in Columbus with the Columbus Legal Aid Society, Ohio State Legal Services Association and as a partner in the law firm of Spater, Gittes, Marshall & Terzian.  He served as Executive Director of the Ohio State Legal Services and as Chief Elections Counsel, Ohio Secretary of State.  He was appointed and served as judge of Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Marshall has published articles in legal publications, served as Editor of Title XXXV (Elections) of Ohio Revised Code published by Banks-Baldwin; authored ethics advisory opinions issued by Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline; and assisted in redrafting and amending Ohio’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

He continues to serve as a member and officer on the Board of Trustees of Ohio State Legal Services Association, and as a member of the Capital University Law School alumni board.

Marshall is a Trainer for Ohio Judicial College; teaching Ohio judges at all levels on responsibilities under the Code of Judicial Conduct; lecturer for the Miller-Becker Institute, and serves as judge for the Ohio Mock trial program sponsored by Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.  Marshall is an active member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association.

Marshall is married to Kay and has two children, Aaron and Eleanor. They reside in Columbus.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.