Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A Colorado Hearing Board has ordered a public censure of an attorney for lack of diligence, but had some sympathy for the attorney:
...we find most of the allegations in the People's complaint are not supported by clear and convincing evidence. Rather, we find that Respondent provided high-quality, low-cost assistance to the [client/complainant]. Indeed, the legal profession and the public are well served when lawyers provide representation to clients like [the complainant] who might otherwise not have access to the courts. Discounted fees, however, do not excuse attention to detail. Despite our opinion that Respondent is a capable and well-intentioned lawyer, the Hearing Board is concerned that [he] demonstrated poor organizational skills in representing [the complainant]. Effective representation of clients necessitates close attention to the less glamorous aspects of legal practice. Respondent's lack of organization, if not corrected, could seriously harm clients and lead to the impositioon of more severe discipline. We strongly encourage Respondent to persevere in the measures he has instituted to improve organizational and administrative skills.