Friday, April 21, 2006

Case Law Development: Overwhelmed Family Law Attorney Suspended Indefinitely

Family law practice is a high burn-out field and our students should be repeatedly cautioned to take care of themselves and get help before they become overwhelmed, lest they find themselves harming clients and out of the profession entirely.  Case in point: The Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended an attorney for a series of representations in divorce actions in which she accepted retainers and then failed to carry through on the representation. Attorney cited her depression as a mitigating circumstance but the court noted in this regard her failure to comply with a previous lawyer’s assistance program contract.
 
Columbus Bar Association v. Harris, 108 Ohio St. 3d 543; 2006 Ohio 1715; 2006 Ohio LEXIS 974 (April 19, 2006)
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