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Professionalism, Ethics &
Substance Abuse CLE

Thursday, October 1, 2020
12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Troy Country Club, 1830 Peters Rd., Troy, OH 45373

Sponsored by: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP)

There is no charge to attorneys or support staff of attorneys who agree to handle at least two pro bono cases per year for LAWO, ABLE, or GDVLP. Non-pro bono attorneys should mail the registration form (PDF) and $175 check (payable to LAWO) to:

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) | Attention: Kristina Roush
20 South Limestone Street, Suite #220; Springfield, OH 45502

Registration prior to September 18, 2020 is required. Attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants.

COVID-19 Precautions: All attendees except speakers will be required to wear a mask and everyone’s temperature will be taken at registration.

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CLE Credit Hours

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 3.00 total CLE hours, with 2.50 of attorney professional conduct instruction.

Seminar Schedule

12:30 - 12:50


12:50 - 1:00

Opening Remarks
Melissa LaRocco

1:00 - 2:00

The Ethics of Reporting Misconduct, Changing Firms and Reporting Problems to Clients
Jonathan E. Coughlan  

2:00 - 2:15


2:15 - 2:45

New Methods for Effective Pro Bono
Melissa LaRocco

2:45 - 3:15

Update on Ethics, including the Rules of Professional Responsibility, and Case Law
Joseph M. Caligiuri

3:45 - 4:15

Substance abuse, including causes, prevention, detection, and treatment alternatives
Scott R. Mote

About the Presenters


Melissa S. LaRocco, Esq.

Ms. LaRocco is the Pro Bono Director for Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO). Ms. LaRocco brings to the pro bono program a record of excellence in her work and a passion for the missions and clients of LAWO and its partner law firm Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE).  She is a 2005 graduate of the Ohio Northern University College of Law and joined LAWO in 2005 as an AmeriCorps Attorney assigned to the Fremont office.  In that position she represented clients in housing related cases and was involved in community organizations seeking to promote safe, affordable housing.  Following the end of her AmeriCorps term of service in 2007, Ms. LaRocco remained at LAWO and with the Fremont office as a staff attorney until September 2013, where she maintained a steady case-load, continued to be active in numerous community organizations and provided clients with high quality representation on a variety of legal issues and matters.  Ms. LaRocco predominately represented clients in domestic relations issues, public benefits and advanced directives.


Scott R. Mote, Esq.

Mr. Mote is the Executive Director of the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. He received the 2005 Award of Merit for service to the profession by the Columbus Bar Association and the 2006 Ohio Bar Medal by the Ohio State Bar Association. Mr. Mote received his M.A. degree from the University of Dayton.  He has been in practice since 1977 after graduating from Capital University Law School and was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1987. Mr. Mote is a member of the Ohio State, Columbus, and Florida Bar Associations, the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Foundations, the Central Ohio Association for Justice, and Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Joseph M. Caligiuri

Since 2002, Mr. Caligiuri has worked in the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio, where he is currently the Chief Assistant to the Disciplinary Counsel. He is responsible for investigating and prosecuting lawyers and judges accused of ethical misconduct. Mr. Caligiuri is a frequent lecturer for the OSBA CLE Institute and is an adjunct professor of law at The Ohio State University, where he teaches Professional Responsibility. Mr. Caligiuri was a former prosecutor in Buffalo, NY, and is a graduate of the New England School of Law and Clemson University MBA Program.

About LAWO

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is a non-profit law firm that provides free, high-quality legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals, families, and groups to help them achieve equal opportunity, equality, and self-reliance within the community. Serving 32 counties in western Ohio, from offices in Dayton, Defiance, Findlay, Lima, Sandusky, Springfield, and Toledo, LAWO provides a full range of legal services, including negotiation, litigation, and community education. Special projects serve domestic violence victims, senior citizens, and migrant farmworkers.

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About ABLE

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) was founded in 1969 by a group of Toledo attorneys and community leaders. Its mission is to provide free, high-quality legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals, families, and groups to help them achieve equal opportunity, equality, and self-reliance within the community. In addition to serving individuals, ABLE remains dedicated to its original purpose of legal advocacy to promote systemic change that benefits large groups of low-income people. ABLE serves 32 counties in western Ohio from offices in Dayton, Defiance, and Toledo.

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The Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP) creates innovative opportunities for attorneys to provide pro bono civil legal services to benefit persons with limited financial resources. Major areas of assistance are divorce, custody, consumer, and Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The GDVLP maintains a list of participating attorneys that numbers more than 750 in the Miami Valley.

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