November 8, 2011
Neglected Clients Disagree On Consent Disposition
A District of Columbia Hearing Committee has approved a consent disposition of a six-month suspension with fitness for an attorney's neglect of two matters. The attorney has a lengthy history of discipline for similar conduct.
The disposition will require the attorney to petition for reinstatement and demonstrate fitness to practice. Thus, the result protects the public from future misconduct.
This disposition makes perfect sense and should be adopted by the D.C. Court of Appeals. The hearing committee fully exlains the misconduct and articulates clear reasons in support of the result.
Notably, the D.C. procedure for consent dispositions permits the complainants to express their views. Here, one favored the disposition and felt that the attorney had done more good than harm over a long career. The other wanted disbarment.
The case is In re Mance and can be found through this link. (Mike Frisch)
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