Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Suspension Pending Final Discipline

The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department suspended an attorney based on a criminal conviction of a serious crme.

AmLawDaily had this december 2011 report on the criminal conviction:

Former Debevoise & Plimpton associate Kenneth Schneider was sentenced this week by a federal judge in Pennsylvania to 15 years in prison for forcing a Russian teenager to be his sex slave, according to a report by sibling publication The National Law Journal.

Schneider, who worked out of Debevoise’s Moscow office until he left the firm in February 2000, was arrested in Cyprus and charged with sex tourism in March 2010. A prominent philanthropist and founder and president of the nonprofit Apogee Foundation for arts education and training, Schneider was convicted in October 2010 of transporting a person for criminal sexual conduct and traveling for the purpose of having sex with a minor.

The NLJ reports that U.S. district judge Juan Sanchez called Schneider a "monster" who destroyed the life of a Bolshoi Ballet Academy student whom Schneider met in Moscow in 1998 when the boy was 12. The relationship escalated over the next eight years, with the pair traveling back and forth between Philadelphia and Moscow. Philadelphia’s Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young represented Schneider. (The Careerist has more on Schneider's case.)

The suspension takes immediate effect pending the determination of final discipline. (Mike Frisch)


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