Thursday, August 9, 2007
The Illinois ARDC recently filed ethics charges against an attorney who is alleged to have engaged in sexual assault/battery against five clients. In one instance, it is alleged that the attorney called a client to schedule an office visit. When she asked him the purpose of the meeting, he responded "a blow job." The accused attorney had served as the State's Attorney for Ogle County.
Two points merit a brief mention. First, Illinois bar disciplinary complaints plead the misconduct in far greater detail than the charging documents of most state bars. Second, the joinder of multiple complaints is of crucial importance to show the pattern of conduct to the trier of fact. The conduct alleged by each complainant bears a striking similarity to that alleged by the others. (Mike Frisch)