Mark Dubois, the former chief disciplinary counsel for Connecticut, is now an attorney at the New London firm of Geraghty & Bonnano.
Monday, December 26, 2011 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
As the year winds (grinds?) to an end, I am emptying the jar in which I keep all the topics I meant to write on. Of course, every time I think there is nothing new to say, another crazy case comes under the door or over the transom (though these days, it is usually by e-mail) and I marvel at the complexity of life and the creativity of our brethren when they stray from the path. So here are a few short thoughts for the end of the year.
Monday, December 12, 2011 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
One topic addressed at the recent symposium on unbundled legal services was ghostwriting. This can take several forms -from a lawyer coaching a self-represented client on what to do/say/expect in court to actually drafting a pleading or brief to be filed by the client in a court matter. As disciplinary counsel, I was all in favor of folks helping self-represented parties understand the process and assisting them in arriving at the courthouse with all the necessary forms filled in correctly. But I was cautious about ghostwriting.
Monday, July 18, 2011 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Well, I guess that one more commentator on the Casey Anthony drama will neither make nor break the public's understanding of the case, but one thing about the trial did stick out for me and I think it is worth commenting on. That was the trial tactics of Jose Baez, the once laughed at and now suddenly credible defense attorney.
Monday, May 9, 2011 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
When I was teaching law, I had a Web page called "Stupid Lawyer Tricks" wherein I collected anecdotes and vignettes showing the worst stuff from the "what was he thinking?" department. One favorite category was stories of lawyers engaged in sexual escapades with their clients.
Monday, May 2, 2011 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
So you finish your client's case and you have the net settlement proceeds in your bank account. She asks you if you will give her several checks, each in an amount less than $10,000. You ask why and she gives you some jive story that doesn't sound plausible, but who cares? It's her money and why not break it up for her?
Monday, April 4, 2011 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
After seven-plus years as Connecticut's chief disciplinary counsel, I have decided to follow the advice of some of the folks I have had the unfortunate responsibility to prosecute and do something useful with my time other than bug them.