Wednesday, February 22, 2012
An attorney who is admitted in New York but not in Maryland was found to have engaged in the practice of law out of a Maryland office. The Maryland Court of Appeals concluded that aspects of the attorney's practice constituted the unauthorized practice of law and related ethical violations. The court imposed a reprimand.
The court noted that he was a newly minted attorney who did not actively solicit Maryland clients. His conduct did not result in any client harm.
He was admitted in New York after passing the bar exam there. Because he has an LLM but not a JD, he is not eligible to gain admission to practice in Maryland. His practice dealt primarily with federal immigration matters, which he may permissibly handle. The problems came when he got involved in matters governed by state law.
A concurring'dissenting opinion would impose a 30 day suspension. (Mike Frisch)