Thursday, February 21, 2008

In Praise Of Efficiency

An attorney who had been disbarred in Florida for continuing to practice law after a misconduct suspension was disbarred by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department. Reciprocal, and identical, discipline was deemed appropriate as "[t]he State where respondent practiced law at the time of the offense has the greatest interest in the issue of sanction, and the sanction imposed by Florida is consistent with this Court's precedent of disbarring attorneys who practice law while under suspension." It took New York less than four months from the date of the Florida order to complete its reciprocal proceeding. If the District of Columbia's disciplinary system operated as sensibly and efficiently as New York did in this matter, I might still be with Bar Counsel. Then again, maybe not. (Mike Frisch)

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