August 23, 2008
Part Of Nothing
A Pennsylvania lawyer (admitted in 1966) was the subject of two suspension orders. The first suspended him for three years; the second for a consecutive two-year term. He failed to make the required notifications of the orders to all his clients (he described his notifications as "semi-compliance"with his obligations) and failed to pay the costs of the disciplinary prosecutions. Further, he worked in the law office of his wife as a secretary/legal assistant and assisted with matters although it was not clear whether or not what he was doing involved the unauthorized practice of law. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court found him in contempt of the two suspension orders and ordered disbarment.
The attached report of the Disciplinary Board noted that he was not remorseful for his actions. The Board was less than impressed with his overall attitude: as to the costs, he said that "he owed nothing, he had nothing and the Board was welcome to any part of nothing." (Mike Frisch)
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The Pa. Supreme Court merely accepted the lawyer's repeated invitations to disbar him. A letter of resignation would have been better.
Posted by: W.R. Chambers | Aug 24, 2008 7:20:52 PM