Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wisconsin Defers To Illinois

In bar discipline matters arising from criminal convictions involving former Seyfarth Shaw and Schiff Hardin attorneys, the Wisconsin Supreme Court imposed reciprocal discipline identical to that imposed in Illinois.

One attorney was suspended for 60 days; the other for 30 days.

The court majority in both cases accepted stipulations of misconduct and relied on the deference shown in reciprocal discipline matters:

Although the conduct of Attorney Addison at issue here, like the conduct of Attorney Benjamin C. Butler, is both unprofessional and unseemly, and although we may have imposed a more severe level of discipline if the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) had prosecuted this matter directly in the first instance rather than filing a reciprocal discipline complaint, given the standards in our rules that apply to reciprocal discipline situations, we impose the same 60-day suspension on Attorney Addison's license to practice law in Wisconsin that was imposed in Illinois.

It's Wisconsin. There are dissents from Justice Roggensack, who would apply Wisconsin standards and impose more severe discipline in both matters. Justice Crooks joined the dissents.

AmLawDaily had a report on the Illinois discipline. (Mike Frisch)

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