February 21, 2013
No Progressive Discipline
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for sixty days for mishandling a divorce matter.
the attorney had been disciplined on four previous occasions - a private reprimand, a public reprimand, a sixty day suspension in 2007 and a public reprimand in 2012.
Chief Justice Abrahamson dissented on sanction:
I would not accept the parties' stipulation of a 60-day suspension. The attorney has been disciplined four times previously for similar offenses, including a 60-day suspension in 2007.
This stipulation is not in keeping with the concepts of progressive discipline or with assisting Attorney Dade in changing his behavior to protect the public.
Justice Bradley joined the dissent. (Mike Frisch)
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