Two local attorneys were among 195 lawyers statewide who were sanctioned by an Ohio Supreme Court commission for failing to meet requirements for continuing legal education.
The court says attorneys must complete 24 hours of such coursework every two years, and judges must complete 40 hours.
The Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education last week sanctioned the latest group of noncompliant attorneys requiring them to fulfill the educational requirements and pay fees ranging as high as $750 based on the deficiencies. Three dozen of them have been suspended.
Local attorney David H. McLain has been sanctioned and suspended for not completing the requisite hours and for not filing evidence of compliance. McLain also has not paid a $120 prior commission-ordered sanction issued for noncompliance in 2011, according to court commission documents.
McLain said Tuesday he already was in touch with the Ohio Supreme Court and is working to rectify the situation by taking about seven hours of needed education.
''I'm a little embarrassed by this. I've never been disciplined as a lawyer in more than 22 years of practicing,'' McLain said.
Supreme Court of Ohio administrative documents also show Hubbard attorney David Keith Rowland was ordered to pay $270 for not completing the requisite hours of continuing education.
Rowland said he was informed Friday and has already mailed the payment.