Salisbury v. Fitzgerald
The Statewide Grievance Committee can order an attorney who allegedly does not write the correct date in his appointment calendar or diary to take a continuing legal education course in law office management, with a technology component. The complainant, Anne Salisbury, hired the respondent attorney, Robert Fitzgerald of Willimantic. Allegedly, the respondent attorney did not file an action on behalf of his client, prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations, even after the court granted a 90-day extension. The respondent, who has been admitted to the practice of law since 1987, and has no prior history of discipline, claimed that he did not write the correct date in his appointment calendar or diary. The Statewide Grievance Committee found, by clear and convincing evidence, that the respondent attorney was not competent and diligent, in violation of Rules 1.1 and 1.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Statewide Grievance Committee ordered the respondent to take a continuing legal education course in law office management, with a technology component.