Dennis G. Carlson, Counsel for Discipline of the Nebraska Supreme Court since 1981, has announced his retirement, effective July 31, 2014.
The Office of the Counsel for Discipline investigates and prosecutes violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the Nebraska Supreme Court. All Nebraska attorneys are subject to the Rules of Professional Conduct and violations result in sanctions ranging from a private reprimand to disbarment from the practice of law. The goal of the attorney disciplinary system, through the Office of the Counsel for Discipline, is to protect the public, the profession and justice system from unethical attorneys.
Chief Justice Michael Heavican remarked, “Dennis Carlson shaped the Office of Counsel for Discipline into an effective and efficient disciplinary body during the last 30 years. We are very fortunate to have had him at the helm and will greatly miss his insights and teaching. The Judicial Branch of Government has been well served through his leadership; he will be missed.”
In addition to his investigatory and prosecutorial duties, Carlson has become a popular provider of education and information in the area of legal ethics. Carlson regularly renders advice on ethical issues to individual attorneys and has authored over 120 articles that have been published in “The Nebraska Lawyer” magazine. In addition, Carlson sends weekly e-mails to Nebraska lawyers and judges entitled “Carlson’s Ethics Refresher”. Throughout his career Carlson has given hundreds of presentations to attorneys, judges, law students and non-lawyers regarding legal ethics and attorney discipline.
Carlson began his life-long career of public service in the Office of Public Defender in Lancaster County where he served from 1974 to 1981.