Friday, April 8, 2011
The Kansas Supreme Court has imposed a published censure of an attorney for his conduct in an immigration matter.
After a hearing was scheduled, he sought a continuance. Denied. He sought to withdraw. Denied. He again sought to withdraw. Denied. He sought to conduct the hearing by telephone. Denied.
He had three telephone conversations with a court employee in which he engaged in abusive conduct, which resulted in disciplinary charges. The immigration Court initiated a proceeding that resulted in an agreed censure. The Kansas court here imposed reciprocal discipline, as Nebraska previously had done.
The court's decision does not specify the exact nature of the offending conduct. In mitigation, the conduct was found to be a result of the attorney's bipolar diorder. He was in a manic phase during the conversations. (Mike Frisch)