Monday, January 22, 2007

If a non-lawyer lies in a forest of clients....

Posted by Nancy Rapoport.

In this morning's New York Times, Nathan Koppel wrote about an associate who wasn't a graduate of a law school or a member of the bar.  Case of the Paralegal Who Played a Lawyer Raises Many Questions.  Apparently, the associate was a decent actor, at least for a while.  In the article's "if a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it" moment, Koppel points out:

Connecticut authorities debated what Mr. Dubois [the Connecticut head of disciplinary proceedings] called the “metaphysical question” of whether they could even disbar someone who was never a lawyer and had only temporary privileges to practice in the state. They decided they could, and should, to keep other states from issuing privileges based on the faulty Connecticut credentials.

Good call.

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