Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A North Carolina attorney has been reprimanded for misconduct in a "protracted and extremely contentious" domestic relations matter.
The misconduct involved ex parte e-mails to the judge and her law clerk.
While the attorney had contended that she was only reponding to e-mails submitted by the opposing party, the reprimand states that the attorney was "obligated to take the high road" and refrain from the ex parte contacts.
The Grievance Committee also expressed concern about an e-mail that the attorney sent to the opposing party (presumably not represented because there was no allegation that the communication violated Rule 4.2) that got "personal"
You're a terrible husband, father, lawyer and human being.
The committee expressed an expectation that the attorney would heed and remember the sanction. (Mike Frisch)