Saturday, November 21, 2009
Geoffrey Fieger was admitted on examination in Arizona in 1980. He also is admitted in Michigan (where he principally practices) and Florida. He was administratively suspended in 1993 for failure to complete Arizona CLE obligations. There are no such requirements in Michigan. He inquired in 1996 about curing the suspension and was told that he need only pay fees and take courses. When he later proceeded to take these steps, he was advised that he must take and pass the bar exam. He proceeded to file a petition for reinstatement.
A Hearing Officer has issued a report in which he recommends that the exam requirement be waived. The hearing officer notes that Fieger has been a competent and able attorney with a national practice for almost 30 years. The civil litigation against him was dismissed in the main and the discipline imposed in Michigan did "not call into question [his] fitness and/or competence to practice law." (Mike Frisch)