January 11, 2012
Suspension To Restore Faith
The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed a three-month suspension of an attorney who had failed to follow through on a client's pension distribution rights in his divorce.
The attorney initially responded to the client's bar complaint with expressions of remorse and promises to complete the task. THe District Ethics Committee was "[m]anifestly swayed by repondent's contrition and promises" and had recommended an admonition for the five years of "langour" by the attorney.
After making such promises, the attorney did "absolutely nothing" and the client renewed his complaint: "His loss of faith in the disciplinary system was all too apparent."
The Disciplinary Review Board felt the need to restore such faith by proposing the suspension that the court imposed. (Mike Frisch)
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