Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Cornerstone

The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department has revoked the admission of an attorney granted in 2008.

The revocation was a result of findings that the attorney made a series of materially false statements and omissions on her application for admission. The attorney submitted an employment affidavit for a judicial clerkship that was completed by her husband, who was a clerk in the chambers of another judge of the same court. The referee concluded that this was an effort to suppress information.

The referee also found that the attorney provided misleading explanations for the termination of two prior employments. She also falsely answered "no" to three questions concerning her involvement in litigation.

The court:

We take this opportunity to once again reiterate that candor and the voluntary revelation of negative information by an applicant are the cornerstones upon which is built the character and fitness investigation of an applicant for admission to the New York State bar.

Here, the attorney's application "fell woefully short" of the above requirement. The court indicated that she could seek to renew the application. (Mike Frisch)

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