Friday, October 3, 2008

The Wrong Approach

A reinstatement petition was denied by the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. The petitioner had been suspended for eighteen months in 2003 for failure to perform legal services and charging a excessive fee. The decision is worth studying as a road map of the wrong approach to reinstatement if the object of the exercise is to get the license restored. I've seen some that had more to do with venting and accusing others (including the judges who entered the suspension order, never a`winning strategy) than proving fitness to practice. This case appears to fall into that category. Petitioner sought to relitigate the earlier misconduct case, portrayed herself as a victim, and papered the proceeding with over-the-top pleadings that attacked the bar prosecutor. The hearing panel found her unable to represent properly herself in the reinstatement process and concluded that she could not be trusted to represent others. The board affirmed. (Mike Frisch)

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