September 9, 2008
No Discipline For Driving While Impaired
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board rejected a hearing panel recommendation for probation and entered an order of no discipline in a case involving a conviction for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Probation was not appropriate where there was "no evidence whatsoever regarding his competence to practice law or the quality of the services rendered to his clients." The attorney had compleed the sentence imposed in the criminal case. The Board held that the single instance of driving while impaired and evidence of "slips" were not "a sound reason for the imposition of professional discipline." (Mike Frisch)
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Of course all state bars think such matters ARE related to the practice of law when they involve applicants for bar admission, not licensed lawyers. I had a hard time explaining this to my ethics students today while dealing with all sorts of matters on the bar application.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Sep 9, 2008 11:48:31 AM