July 27, 2009
Yes And No
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted the reinstatement petition of one applicant and denied that of another. The court granted the petition of an attorney who had consented to disbarment in New York as a result of a fraudulent conveyance designed to shield his marital home from loss in a legal malpractice action against him. He has been employed in a number of positions since the 2002 disbarment, including giving bar and bat mitzvah lessons. He has been treated for depression and was dealing with family health issues at the time of the misconduct.
The court denied the petition of an attorney who had been suspended for a year and a day in 2006 for escrow account violations. He had failed to make full disclosures concerning his post-suspension conduct in the reinstatement petition. He had also been employed as a secretary/legal assistant to an attorney without making required disclosure to the Disciplinary Board. (Mike Frisch)
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