Thursday, July 16, 2020

Interim Suspension Where Attorney Asserted COVID Related Inability To Participate

This order of a tri-county hearing panel of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board may be the first of a trend

Interim Suspension - Effective July 9, 2020.

Prior to the July 9, 2020 scheduled hearing in this matter, respondent advised the Attorney Discipline Board that he had a serious illness which required self-quarantine as a result of COVlD-19 seriously affecting his health as well as his ability to appear virtually. Respondent further advised that he is currently relying on a caretaker for assistance. Respondent was provided the information to appear telephonically. Respondent failed to appear or otherwise participate in the July 9, 2020 hearing.

In accordance with MCR 9.115(H)(2), the hearing panel determined that respondent’s inability to appear warranted an interim suspension from the practice of law until further order of the panel. The panel issued an order of interim suspension of respondent’s license, effective July 9, 2020.

When Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast, it spawned a body of case law - disciplinary included - that played out over a period of several years. (Mike Frisch)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2020/07/interim-suspension-where-attorney-asserted-covid-related-inability-to-participate.html

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