Monday, August 6, 2007

Why Hurry? Don't Worry

The D. C. Court of Appeals disbarred an attorney last week. The case involved acts of dishonesty including forgery and would be unremarkable but for the amount of time it took to resolve the matter. The firm that had reported the misconduct did so in 1997. Disciplinary charges--which were essentially uncontested--were filed in February 1999. It took 8 1/2 years for the D.C. bar disciplinary system to work its magic-- and the lawyer was free to practice throughout that time. Most of the time was taken by the hearing committee (3 1/2 years) and the court (over three years from argument to disposition).

(Mike Frisch)

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A comment on another blog correctly notes that the sanction was a three-year suspension with a requirement that the sanctioned attorney prove fitness prior to reinstatement, not disbarment.

Posted by: Mike Frisch | Oct 8, 2007 4:04:19 PM

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