Ethics Matters

Opinion: When Attorneys Are 'A Little Off'

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


I was running with a colleague the other day and she described another lawyer as follows: "He's like you; smart, but a little off." Thanks! I think. I was musing over that comment recently as I participated in a symposium on impaired lawyers.

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    If you found that during your reign your Ass't Disciplinary Counsel possibly called a member of the public on the morning of a scheduled lawyer disciplinary hearing in Superior Court and told him he didn't have to be there because the hearing had been postponed, when in fact the hearing took place though secretly sealed from the public--and if you found that at a later hearing a judicial marshal ejected that member of the public from the courtroom at a particular time for no good cause, and that member of the public was then escorted out of the courthouse by two judicial marshals, would you have an ethical duty to look into it and report it? And if you found that the ADC, the lawyer's counsel, the judge, etc., possibly agreed to have a secret sealed hearing, would you have the duty to report it? See transcript of 1/19/11 hearing before Judge Lager, which includes name of member of the public. See also judicial marshal's incident report for same day, regarding that person. Original hearing date and ?courtesy? phone call from ADC was 1/7/11.

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