Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Anger Management

The California Bar Journal reports:

[an attorney] was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Oct. 10, 2008.

[He] pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery in 2007 and stipulated that he failed to support the laws of California.

He got into an altercation with the office manager of So Cal Legal Services, where he worked. After the office manager bumped him, [the attorney] hit him. The office manager reported the incident to the police.

According to the stipulation, there was tension between the office manager and [the attorney] , who had reported the man to police after he left threatening messages on [the attorney's] answering machine. The stipulation called the altercation “an aberrant incident” and noted that [the attorney] is enrolled in anger management therapy and no longer works for the same employer.

(Mike Frisch)

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The incident is not unusual. Many states including Utah and Illinois have instituted mandated anger management/civility training for all attorneys are renewing their licensing to practice in Illinous. I believe that more attorneys would attend anger management classes or executive coaching/anger management if they were aware of the advantages to their relationships with others and increased success in advocating for their clients.

Posted by: George Anderson | May 16, 2009 8:23:17 PM

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