Ethics Matters

Mark Dubois: Resist Urge To Respond To Flaming Ex-Clients

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


The Internet is a cool thing. With a few clicks of the mouse, I can order groceries, pay bills, and find just about anyone I need to contact for my work. Unfortunately, it also provides a ready (too ready, perhaps!) platform for clients and nuts to take shots at us for our real or perceived shortcomings.

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  • Seriously? We‘re supposed to feel sorry for unethical attorneys and judges who traffic in children in this state? If the previous author believes none of this is happened - perhaps he can explain why the Task Force chair refused to release her billing records to prove she wasn‘t double and triple billing her clients - when the case records showed she was scheduling up to nine (9) hearings on the same day - many at the same time. And this same person sits on the Statewide Grievance Committee?? CORRUPTION in this state‘s family courts - is being exposed for what it really is. CORRUPTION. If the author doubts this is actually going on, in spite of now mountains of evidence and documentation that it is - where is his evidence and prove that its not? Pure conjecture and we should just trust him all attorneys? Immune and infallible and above the law? Is that it?

  • What is truly troubling about what is being exposed in our state‘s broken and corrupt "family" courts and about the very small group of elites who have co-opted its operations for their own personal financial gain - and in well orchestrated "Kids for cash" and ‘Pay Per View" parenting programs - is that this has not yet been properly investigated for what it actually is by the state and federal governments. perhaps that will change now that the DOJ has opened a formal investigation in ADA violations by the "family" courts in this state. Until lawyers start acting in a proper, ethical and LEGAL manner - and the Bar and courts start holding attorneys and judges accountable for violations of law, a bright light will continue to be shined on ethical behavior and corruption. This is a government of the PEOPLE by the PEOPLE and for the PEOPLE - and the people are uniting to expose and address the rampant corruption in this state that has cost this state and children and families dearly. Parents, citizens, taxpayers and votes - are not the ones suffering from arrogance and ignorance. We are the ones who have been targeted, taken advantage of - and abused.

  • The Internet has essentially rendered libel laws irrelevant. Anyone can have multiple email accounts using fake names to say the most egregious, vile things about virtually anyone at any time. It has also allowed any yahoo with a keyboard to call him or herself a journalist. Anyone with any common sense should essentially disregard the comments section of anything even resembling a review site such as avoo, but I think most people are simply too vulnerable, or stupid , or naive. What‘s troubling in general is the level of vitriol now being spewed in the direction of lawyers, especially family lawyers, and family court judges. Repulsive accusations of pedophilia, corruption, thievery, etc. abound online, going virtually unchallenged. The recent column by a so-called journalist that ran on this site, about pro ses, is an unfortunate example of an otherwise reputable publication taking an uninformed opinion and passing it off as something worth reading. And lo the poor schmuck who dares challenge the rabid haters;,they‘ll target you with a zeal that‘s shocking. I don‘t see it getting any better, until lawyers and others start using the courts to hold people to account. As to the comment that "the customer is always right"? That‘s an astonishingly ignorant claim of defense.

  • What Mr. DuBois article illustrates is how lacking the attorney peer review and complaint process in this state really is. The number one why any litigant would use the Internet to lodge a complaint against an attorney (and as a last resort) is because there is simply no other avenue in this state for a litigant to file compliant and have it independently and properly heard and reviewed by anyone. The Statewide Grievance Committee in this state is an acknowledged joke that is staffed by some of the worst offenders in the state and in no way provides ethical, honest and proper reviews of attorney-client disputes. Avvo? Avvo is a site run by attorneys and they filter reviews in an attorney‘s favor. "SuperLawyer" is lawyers rating lawyers - not ratings from the consumers of legal services. The cards are clearly stacked against clients.

    Another question is how many attorneys openly and candidly offer their clients a workable dispute resolution process at the start of an engagement if the client feels that things have gone astray. This is a two way street and attorneys to appreciate and understand that the best way to avoid exposure is to operate in an honest, open and ethical manner - and adopt the same approach other professional services industries have long ago "The customer is always right."

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