Thursday, June 7, 2012
I neglected last week to applaud a decision of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals approving a consent disposition.
The attorney was the subject of client complaints in two matters that involved her representation in immigration matters. The two complaints were consolidated in one petition charging misconduct. The attorney and Bar Counsel negotiated a consent that involved a suspension of 120 days with 30 days suspended and one year's probation with conditions. The attorney will be required to serve the remaining 30 days if she violates the probation conditions.
A hearing committee accepted the consent and recommended that the Court adopt it.
The court did so, noting that the disposition was within the range of sanctions for comparable conduct.
This is how consent dispositions are supposed to work. (Mike Frisch)