Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A District of Columbia Hearing Committee praised the Assistant Bar Counsel's "candor and professionalism" during an ex parte file review to consider a consent disposition in a case involving misconduct in three immigration matters.
The case had been set for a four day hearing. The parties agreed to a continuance of the contested hearing to consider a possible consent disposition.
An agreement was proposed for a 120-day suspension with 30 days stayed, unsupervised probation with 12 CLE hours approved by Bar Counsel and restitution (roughly $10,000) to the three clients. The attorney will do the additional 30 days if probation fails.
The hearing committee approved this entirely reasonable resoution of the matter. Here's hoping the Court of Appeals does the same. I look forward to a day when consents will not be sufficiently routine to not require (as here) a 37-page hearing committee report. Having said that, the report here provides a cogent analysis in support of the consent disposition.
The recommendation may be found at this link by inserting the name Virginia Fling. (MIke Frisch)