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A lawyer in Missouri was disbarred for neglecting adoption matters and filing a false affidavit in an adoption proceeding. Also be careful about trying areas of law that are not familiar to you. A lawyer in Massachusetts who had never before filed an appellate brief was reprimanded for filing a brief containing misrepresentations.

II. Disciplinary sanctions also follow charges, conduct or convictions of criminal activity in some instances: • •

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One lawyer was suspended for one year and until further order of Court for possessing illegal drugs on three separate occasions. A lawyer who was convicted of forgery and theft for having defrauded her former law partner by intercepting checks due to the partnership and using the check proceeds for herself, and drawing checks on the firm’s account without her partner’s knowledge, was disbarred on consent. A lawyer convicted twice of driving under the influence of alcohol was suspended for two years and until further order of Court (suspension was partially stayed on probation with conditions). A lawyer who was convicted on five misdemeanor counts of theft of clients’ retainer monies was suspended for four years and until further order of Court, and until he satisfies a restitution order. A lawyer who pled guilty to domestic battery after striking his wife and engaged in a second act of domestic battery involving his daughter, was suspended for two years and until further order of Court. A lawyer who pled guilty to a charge of willfully assisting a client in filing a fraudulent income tax return that understated the client’s income, was disbarred on consent. In California a lawyer was summarily disbarred following federal convictions of one count each for tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud and seventeen counts of money laundering. The same lawyer had earlier been suspended by the Bar for charging unconscionable fees and being “aggressive, hostile and forceful” with his clients.

III. Many sanctions have involved conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty, misrepresentation or lack of candor: • • • • • •

A lawyer who falsely billed his firm’s corporate clients, was suspended for two years. A lawyer who twice acted as a witness to execution of documents that were signed outside of his presence, was censured. A lawyer who falsified court orders and an affidavit in five different domestic relations cases in order to conceal the true status of cases from the clients, was disbarred on consent. A lawyer who engaged in an ex parte communication with a Judge and misled the court in that conversation, was suspended for one year and until further order of Court. A lawyer who made false and defamatory statements about judges, among other things, was suspended for two years and until further order of Court. A lawyer was censured when at the request of a former client, he improperly notarized the former client’s wife’s signature on a power of attorney and a mortgage form. He was unaware at that time that the documents were to be used by the former client to obtain loans without the wife’s knowledge. A lawyer advanced living expenses to a client, and also wrote checks on his law firm account payable to doctors and falsely made it appear as though the payments were costs for treating firm clients. He was suspended for one year and until further order of Court (suspension partially stayed on period on probation with conditions).

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Please enjoy our 10th issue of The Fathers' Rights Monthly, and help raise awareness for issues around shared parenting after divorce.

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