About the District Ethics Committees (DECs)
Most of the initial investigations into complaints of lawyer misconduct are conducted by volunteer investigators in 21 District Ethics Committees (DECs) throughout the State.
DECs are made up of volunteer lawyers and non-lawyers. At least 20% of each DEC must be non-lawyers. DEC members may serve up to four 3-year terms.
Over 300 volunteers serve on the DECs throughout the State.
DEC members investigate complaints and present a report and recommendation of their investigation to the DEC. The DEC, in turn, considers the report, discusses it, and votes on the recommendation.
The DEC forwards the report and recommendation as adopted by the DEC to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility for consideration and disposition.
To inquire about joining your local DEC, contact Kim Ferencik at the OLPR at (651) 296-3952 or email to DECCoordinator@courts.state.mn.us or the DEC chair for the district in which you live or work. Link to: DEC Roster & Map
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Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board
Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
1500 Landmark Towers
345 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN 55102-1218
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