Gonzalez acknowledged "there's a culture that may dictate as to what we consider the proper rules." Nevertheless, "everyone in my view that goes through the process has procedural and substantive due process. If you really take a good look, the results are usually similar," he said.
Each department can fashion its own rules on attorney discipline, J. Richard Supple, Jr., of Hinshaw & Culbertson, who moderated the panel, said in an interview after the event.
Supple said it was "uncertain" if yesterday's discussion would result in concrete changes but said he thought there was now "some heightened sensitivity to try to move where one department's rules are more like another's."
The benefit of these kinds of discussions, he said, is that "every participant has information they didn't have before" and know "how other smart well-intentioned folks do what they do."
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