Thursday, April 7, 2011
A Texas attorney was admitted pro hac vice in North Dakota in a domestic relations matter. He was charged with a number of disciplinary violations relating to his handle the matter of the matter (badly) and not paying fees required as a condition of his pro hac status. The North Dakota Supreme Court imposed discipline that prevents him from future practice there, including on a pro hac basis. The attorney also must make restitution.
A concurring opinion expresses concern about Disciplinary Counsel's "stacking" of charges. The concurring opinion notes that some of the charges are in conflict and were only saved here because the attorney defaulted.
The court rejected the proposed sanction of disbarment. (Mike Frisch)