John Gleason, former Chief Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, has been selected to be the 2013 recipient of the ABA Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award. The award will be presented at the 39th National Conference on Professional Responsibility on May 30-31, 2013.
The Michael Franck Award is given annually to attorneys whose career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement, and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the best accomplishments of lawyers. It is named in honor of Michael Franck, the former director of the State Bar of Michigan who embraced professional responsibility and worked to improve lawyer regulation in the public interest. He strove to turn intellectual honesty, compassion, and uncompromising ethics to every aspect of the practice of law.
Mr. Gleason is active nationally with the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the National Organization of Judicial Counsel, and the American Bar Association, and he is president of the Board of Directors of the National Client Protection Organization. In early 2013, he accepted a position as the Oregon State Bar’s Director of Regulatory Services, where he is now.
While at the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation, he served as a member of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Judicial Council and Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and adjunct faculty member at Columbia College-Denver. Mr. Gleason received national recognition recently for his work investigating and prosecuting Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas in Arizona. He spoke about his experience for CLE in July 2012 (click here to order the homestudy). He also was interviewed for The Docket about the Arizona case.