Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Illinois Supreme Court has ended the Loren Friedman saga by imposing a three-year suspension with reinstatement conditioned on a further court order. The highly-publicized case involved a pattern of dishonest conduct that had including obtained employment at Sidley Austin with a doctored resume.
The Review Board had recommended a shorter suspension:
While reprehensible, Respondent's misconduct did not harm any clients. Neither is there any indication in the record that Respondent acted dishonestly while practicing law in New York. Based on his sincere remorse and his acceptance of responsibility for his actions, it appears that Respondent has learned from his mistakes. In our view, a suspension of eighteen months UFO is sufficient to protect the public, deter others from engaging in similar misconduct, and require Respondent to satisfy his obligation of establishing his character and fitness before resuming practice.
This link takes you to the court orders entered May 18. (Mike Frisch)