Friday, October 28, 2011

Without Reason

Several disciplinary orders for private admonition have been issued in Colorado over the past two months.

As in this example, the orders give the name of the admonished attorney but provide absolutely no information aboput the nature and circumstances of the misconduct.

Not too helpful to consumers of legal services in Colorado. (Mike Frisch)

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The order includes this caveat: "The fact of this private admonition is public information but the private admonition itself may not be published or otherwise disclosed."

I wonder if that's literally accurate: the admonition may not be disclosed—by anyone. Is the court saying that even the _respondent_ is prohibited from disclosure? If so, the "privacy" does him no favors, as clients will usually assume the worst.

Posted by: Stephen R. Diamond | Oct 28, 2011 11:28:07 AM

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