Sunday, September 9, 2012

You always risk disbarment

One of the first important lessons I always try to get my students to learn is that given the fact that the rules don't provide for sanctions, and the fact that there is so much inconsistency when it comes to sanctions, no matter what the conduct is "you always risk disbarment."  To illustrate this, I assign In re Lamberis, 443 N.E.2d 549 (Ill. 1982), in which the hearing board, the review board, the administrator of the disciplinary system, the majority opinion of the Supreme Court and a couple of dissenting judges all proposed different sanctions for the conduct, which wasn't even in the context of the practice of law.  (The suggested sanctions were censure, suspension for 3 months, suspension for 6 months and disbarment). 

In any case, here is a new case that can also be used to remind everyone that you always risk disbarment.  The Legal Profession blog is reporting that the Maryland Court of Appeals has disbarred an attorney who withdrew an amount of money from his attorney trust account resulting in an overdraft of $5.24.

Is it really worth it to risk disbarment for $5 and change...?  I don't think so.  

No comments:

Post a Comment