Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board affirmed a Tri-County Hearing Panel's order denying reinstatement to an attorney who had been subject to a series of suspension orders that had started with a 120 day suspension in 1997. In 1998, he was suspended for an additional one year and a three-year concurrent term. Another 180 days was imposed in 1998 and still another in 2001 when he pled no contest to charges that he had signed another attorney's name to a claim of appeal.
The board agreed with (and appended) the panel's conclusion that the showing of the petitioner was "woefully insufficient." He had failed to pay state and federal taxes over several years and "provided no evidence that he now had a system in place that will help him avoid the mistakes of the past. [He] had further failed to participate in any continuing legal education, whether formal or informal, to enhance his readiness for reentry into the profession." (MIke Frisch)