Friday, April 4, 2008

D.C. Shows Well

The new feature of giving access to hearing committee reports on the District of Columbia Bar's web page is already paying dividends. A report just posted shows the disciplinary system at its best--a thoughtful and comprehensive analysis of a contested case. The committee considered two matters involving immigration clients and concluded that the lawyer's "dishonesty clearly had the effect of both unjustly enriching her and directly, intentionally, and substantially harming her clients." The committee also found a failure to accept responsibility for misconduct and a lack of genuine contrition. They recommend a two-year suspension with fitness. (Mike Frisch)

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Thanks for posting this decision. The Retainer Agreement provisions were so poorly drafted (since when can a law firm receive liquidated damages under a retainer) that it would almost be comical if it were not so sad.

Posted by: Carolyn Elefant | Apr 4, 2008 8:19:40 AM

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