Trust Advice: Have good witnesses
Out of state cases this week. A prominent NY lawyer got a reprimand when his trust account checks bounced. Usually a more serious matter, the highly regarded lawyer got reprimanded instead of suspended. He pled ignorance, and stupidity. The NY Appellate Div. found the abuse was “non-venal” and the result of the aforementioned ignorance and stupidity. Neal H. Rosenberg was lucky enough to have great witnesses:
A former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and a Justice of the Supreme Court, both testified that they had retained respondent to represent them and their respective children. Both Justices stated that respondent is known to be trustworthy, honest and a tremendously fine attorney, possessing great skill, integrity, and character.
Have good friends, do non-venal things, and do no harm to clients, you might avoid the more serious punishment that others get.
Bribing a Witness?
I repeat an old joke I first heard in law school, from the late Pat Baude: “At the end of the day, a lawyer’s first duty is to make sure that only the client goes to jail.”
Cranston Rhode Island’s Gerard Donley, a well-known criminal defense lawyer based out of Providence, today was found guilty of obstruction of justice, bribery and conspiracy to bribe a witness…
reports the Cranston Patch. It promptly resulted in an Interim Suspension of Donley’s license to practice law.
The conviction was June 13, the Order of Suspension came out Aug. 6.
NSFW – Lawyer gets himself canned
In case you live in a virtual cave, you may not know that the initials NSFW means Not Safe For Work, a euphemism for there might be something in this link that your office spam blocker will reject, or your staff will be surprised to hear coming from your computer. It also is probably not safe for nearby children.
Lawyers are often called on to sit through boring, even mundane public hearings. If you represent a board that holds public meetings, there is a certain “professional look” you adopt. Something between interested and bored, engaged but not transcribing the comments.
Here Long Island NY lawyer Chris Kirby offers the wrong look. He smirks. And when called out about it during the meeting, it gets worse. The hearing appears to on be a cable channel broadcast. But the cell phone camera goes on in the parking lot. If inappropriate language offends, I suggest you ignore the link.
By the way, the lawyer and his firm lose the client school board.
h/t Gary Welsh and Advance Indiana blog.