Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Katrina's Wake

A Louisiana Hearing Committee has recommended dismissal of ethics charges brought against an attorney for representation of a client in a post-conviction proceeding.

The attorney made three court appearences on the client's behalf but was replaced as counsel prior to the denial of post-conviction relief.

The attorney's records were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, so the committee relied upon testimony of her usual practices in finding that the charges of lack of diligence, failure to communicate and to return unearned fees were not proven by clear and convincing evidence.

Has any disaster ever been cited in as many disciplinary matters as Hurricane Katrina? (Mike Frisch)

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