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.
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