July 30, 2010
From Censure To Disbarment
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered the disbarment of an attorney whose bar discipline started with a public censure. In Pennsylvania, the attorney must personally appear to be censured. When the attorney failed to appear, a second proceeding was brought for that failure which resulted in a suspension of a year and a day.
The attorney had applied for a position as a paid arbitrator with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas prior to the suspension order. The position required that the arbitrator be a member of the bar in good standing. When the suspension was issued, the attorney failed to comply with notification obligations and did not advise the appointing officials of her changed status. The attorney was appointed to more than 50 arbitration panels and presided in eight of them.
A public censure that blossomed into a disbarment. (Mike Frisch)
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