Lawyers are required to maintain standards of conduct under the jurisdiction of the state attorney bar association they are licensed in. All states have some form of a disciplinary counsel where complaints can be filed. These counsels are usually set up by the state bar association or in some cases by the state supreme court. The state bar association is funded by lawyer fees, not by taxpayer funds. The Counsel members are appointed and are comprised of lawyers and some non lawyers. Anyone can file a complaint but misconduct is only considered if a complaint is filed. To file a complaint write a detailed letter stating the grievance. Detail the conditions under which the lawyer was hired and all relevant contact information. Or fill out a complaint form if provided by the state disciplinary counsel. Complaints are then reviewed by the counsel and may be rejected if the counsel deems the complaint lacks sufficient evidence. If the counsel considers the complaint is supported by enough facts to substantiate its allegation an investigation will be opened. Typical violations may include ethical concerns, misrepresentation, conflict of interest, and the inability of the lawyer to communicate and or handle the case in a professional manner. Reprimands against lawyers vary by state but typically can be a private or public reprimand, censor, suspension, or disbarment. Note that commissions are reluctant to take action on complaints without strong evidence. Many States attempt to resolve differences before complaints are filed. Complaints must be strongly substantiated with relevant documentation or affidavits.

Nevada Lawyer Complaints

State Bar of Nevada Attn. Discipline Dept handles complaints about lawyers in Nevada. To file a complaint about a lawyer in Nevada:

Lawyer Complaint Mailing Address
State Bar of Nevada Attn. Discipline Dept
600 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104


Each State has its own procedures for filing complaints against judges. All states require a written and signed complaint. Some states have a form for you to fill out. Other States request a letter. Grievances of misconduct usually concern issues of conflict of interest or impartiality. Adverse rulings or judgments are not considered legitimate grievances.

Illinois Lawyer Complaints

Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission handles complaints about lawyers in Illinois. To file a complaint about a lawyer in Illinois:

Lawyer Complaint Mailing Address
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
130 East Randolph Drive, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60601-6219


Complaints about Illinois Judges and Illinois Lawyers

You must support the complaint about the Illinois Judge with sufficient documentation. Contact the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.


Practicing law includes interviewing a client to identify the legal question, analyzing the question, researching relevant law, devising legal solutions to problems, and executing such solutions through specific tasks such as drafting a contract or filing a motion with a court. Most academic legal training is directed to identifying legal issues, researching facts and law, and arguing both the facts and law in favor of either side in any case. For several years, law schools have sent through far more students than new job openings have become available. This has often lead to attorneys (once they pass the bar) seeking work in other occupations, either by choice or by the lack of employment opportunities. This has led to a market in legal temps or contract attorneys, where attorneys spend a certain period of time working on tasks such as discovery for a case.


A judge is an official who presides over a court. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. In common law countries, such as the United States, and those with roots in the Commonwealth of Nations, judges have a number of powers which are not known to exist, or are not acknowledged to exist, in civil law legal systems, which collectively make the judiciary a more powerful political force than in civil law countries. One of these powers is the "contempt of court" power. In a common law system, a judge typically has the power to summarily punish with a fine or imprisonment any misconduct which takes place in the courtroom, and to similarly punish violations of the court's orders, after a hearing, when they take place outside the courtroom.

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