Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Process For Foreign Legal Consultant

An attorney admitted in Haiti is certified as a licensed foreign legal consultant in New York. The Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Department contends that his license should be summarily revoked based on claims that he misrepresented his status to various federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. It is also alleged that his bar status is misrepresented on his web site. The Appellate Division for the First Department held that a licensed foreign legal consultant is entitled to the same process (i.e. formal charges and a hearing) that a bar member gets to prior to revocation. The court ordered an interim suspension. (Mike Frisch)

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