October 27, 2007
Both Sides Now
A Kansas lawyer was retained by the husband in connection with a protection from abuse action. He then was contacted by the wife, who spoke only Spanish, and accepted a fee from her in the same matter. The attorney, who is fluent in Spanish, advised the judge that he represented both sides and that the matter had been resolved by consent. The wife had a different view, leading to a charge of representing conflicting interests.
In a second matter, the lawyer was hired by the owners of a club who were concerned about harassment by law enforcement officers. The lawyer, his partner and legal assistant went to the club to observe, consumed alcohol and confronted the officers. Tempers flared, leading to a physical confrontation. Criminal charges against the lawyer were resolved by his participation in a diversion program.
The Kansas Supreme Court resolved the disciplinary charges with a published censure. (Mike Frisch)
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