Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A disciplinary panel in South Carolina recommended an admonition of a lawyer who graduated from law school in 2001. The lawyer had engaged in unauthorized outside practice while employed as a judicial clerk. Further, in assisting with real estate closings, the attorney had prepared closing packets and forwarded the packets to the attorney who employed him knowing that the documents would be signed and notarized by persons not present at the closing. The panel (and a sub-panel) had found the handling of the closings was "wrong, but...not dishonest and did not amount to a misrepresentation..."
The South Carolina Supreme Court found that the conduct in connection with the closings was an ethical violation and that the sanction proposed was insufficient: a 60 day suspension was imposed. (Mike Frisch)