Monday, April 7, 2014
An out-of-state attorney's "ill-advised and poorly conceived" efforts to expand his firm's practice into Rhode Island resulted in a rather unusual sanction.
The attorney is not admitted in Rhode Island. He sent a solicitation letter to twelve Rhode Island residents concerning Rhode Island matters. The letters contained several misrepresentations.
The court concluded that his primary problem was inattention and failure to supervise a non-lawyer employee, rather than "deliberate disregard" of ethical rules.
...the respondent... is hereby ordered to provide pro bono legal services to twelve Georgia residents within one year from the date of this order. The provision of pro bono services will be provided through referrals from the Cobb Justice Foundation, a partnership between Legal Aid of Cobb County and the Cobb Bar Association. The respondent shall submit monthly written reports to Disciplinary Counsel verifying his compliance with this order.