November 18, 2010
Ten Days But Not Really
A Florida attorney was suspended on a reciprocal basis in the District of Columbia for neglect and failure to communicate with a client. The attorney had responded to an order to show cause and argued against discipline identical to that imposed in Florida.
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals rejected the attorney's claims and ordered a 10 day suspension.
I believe that this is the shortest suspension ever imposed in the District, as the minimum suspension in an original case has been 30 days. The actual suspension will last much longer, as the attorney was suspended on an interim basis in July and failed to file the required affidavit. Thus, the ten days has not yet begun to run. (Mike Frisch)
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