February 19, 2009
No Suspension, No Domestic Cases
An Arizona hearing officer accepted a tender of admissions from disciplinary counsel and an attorney charged with misconduct and has recommended no censure and/or reprimand and probation for not less than one or more than two years.
The attorney had been charged with a laundry list of ethics violations arising from "a highly charged domestic relations case wherein she represented the wife." The misconduct involved overzealousness in an area of law that she not familiar with "coupled with her emotional attachment to her client's cause..." The hearing officer reviewed sealed information and decided that the bar prosecutor's decision not to pursue more serious charges was an appropriate exercise of discretion.
One notable aspect of the recommendation is a requirement that the lawyer never again represent clients in domestic relations or Family Court matters. (Mike Frisch)
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