Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has accepted the recommendation of its Disciplinary Board to deny the reinstatement petition of an attorney disbarred by consent in 2002. The petitioner had misappropriated funds from two estates and engaged in related dishonest conduct. He had moved to Florida and accepted a position at Keiser University teaching paralegal studies that included ethics instruction. He did not advise the school of his disbarred status and sought reinstatement in order to keep the job. His witnesses in the reinstatement proceeding also were not aware of the circumstances of the disbarment.
One issue related to providing required notice to his clients at the time of the disbarment. The board accepted testimony of a law office tenant that the petitioner had a defiant attitude regarding this obligation, quoting him as follows: "f**k the Board. I don't gave any clients to notify. I've transferred them all." (Mike Frisch)