In a new case from New Jersey, the state Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for misappropriation which included the use of money from a clients' trust account to pay gambling debts. Obviously, using clients' money for personal purposes is one of the worst and dumbest things a lawyer can do, and, as we know it typically leads to disbarment.
However, since gambling can be an addiction, I am not ready to pass judgment on this particular case. If jurisdictions have established programs for lawyers addicted to alcohol and drugs, should they also provide help to gambling lawyers who have lost control of their extracurricular activities?
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