Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Himmel in trouble again

James Himmel, the protagonist of In Re Himmel, the famous case about the duty to report another lawyer's misconduct, is in trouble again. A hearing board filed an opinion today recommending his suspension for 30 days because of his neglect of a client's case. Himmel admitted that he "failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing the [clients] in violation of Rule 1.3 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct" since he "failed to perform any legal services on behalf of [them]." He admitted that he did not open and review correspondence between himself and the clients, that he did not respond to the clients’ many requests for information and that he allowed the statute of limitations pass on the clients' claim without diligent representation. The opinion is available here.

Thanks to LegalProf blog for the information.

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