Thursday, August 4, 2011

Use of "Esquire" Does Not Preclude Reinstatement

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has granted petitions for reinstatement in two matters.

One involved an attorney who had been suspended for five years in 2004. The misconduct was a mail fraud conviction. The Disciplinary Board had recommended reinstatement, finding that the post-suspension use of "esquire" and the inclusion of her juris doctor degree on her resume did not involve the practice of law.

The other matter involved an attorney who had consented to disbarment in 1999. He had misappropriated funds due to his law firm and been convicted of a series of criminal offenses. The Disciplinary Board noted that the misconduct was a result of substance abuse and that he had been in recovery since his disbarment.

Justice McCaffery dissented in both cases. (Mike Frisch)

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