Friday, June 21, 2013
An attorney who resided in Maryland but misled her law school about her place of residence in order to pay in-state tuition has been suspended indefinitely with the right to reapply after 30 days by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
The attorney saved over $11,000 in tuition payments as a result.
The court further found that the attorney had failed to disclose the conduct in her Maryland bar application.
The attorney gave West Virginia College of Law an in-state post office box address while attending the school. In fact, she lived 18 miles from West Virginia in Oakland, Maryland.
The conduct took place in 1994 and only came to light when her ex-husband blew the whistle on her.
The court found the passage of time and her sterling record as an ethical attorney to be highy significant mitigating factors. She was remorseful and had offered to repay the difference to the law school, an offer the Dean declined.
The ex-husband was indefinitely suspended in 2006 for, among other things, forging her name to a legal document. (Mike Frisch)