Friday, October 9, 2020
An Illinois Hearing Board imposed a reprimand of an attorney based on a stipulation of misconduct.
The attorney was retained to secure a replacement green card for a citizen of India.
The attorney was paid for the service but
In October 2015, Respondent received a letter from Jadav's new counsel requesting Jadav's permanent resident card, and she responded that, although she possessed Jadav's card she was asserting a retaining lien over the card based on unpaid legal fees from her representation of Jadav's relative, for which Respondent alleged that Jadav had guaranteed payment.
In the bar proceeding, the attorney stipulated that the client owed nothing but
Respondent did not release Jadav's card until August 25, 2017.
Respondent also stipulated to a communication lapse with a second client.
If this matter proceeded to hearing, Respondent would present positive character testimony. In addition, Respondent has presently or previously volunteered her time with, and donated money to numerous non-profit organizations including Islamic Relief, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Habitat for Humanity, CVLS, LAP, Muslim Community Center, Apna Ghar, Salvation Army Metropolitan Division (Emergency Disaster Services/Mobile Feeding Services), St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Edhi Foundation, Who Is Hussain?, Hamdard Center, Helping Hands Relief, Bronzeville Business Cleanup after George Floyd Protests, Masjid Badri, and AILA. In addition, she is a volunteer website writer/contributor to Illinois Legal Aid and is involved with mentoring attorneys through ISBA and AILA.
The fee was refunded. (Mike Frisch)