Friday, April 1, 2011
A Louisiana hearing committee has recommended disbarment of an attorney convicted in federal court of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The two attorney members of the committee declined to propose that the disbarment be permanent.
Worthy of note is the two-page dissent of the non-attorney member of the committee, who would make the disbarment permanent. The list of reasons--commission of criminal fraud, lying to the committee among them--makes a rather persuasive case. It is always heartening to see a lay member of a disciplinary panel cutting through the analysis to get to the heart of a matter.
I guess that's why we lawyers never give them a majority vote. (Mike Frisch)