Vermont is a great place to live & practice law. But, with practicing in a small state comes lots of knowledge.
I mean, seriously. There are places in the country where it’s tough to remember that your wife had been disbarred.
The ABA Journal has the story of an Illinois lawyer who was “censured for failing to keep disbarred wife out of his law office.” I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty. Suffice to say, it was a run of the mill case involving a lawyer whose lawyer/wife pled guilty to stealing $2.3 million from clients.
Apparently, the lawyer did not stop his wife from continuing to practice law after she was disbarred. So, the Illinois Attorney Regulation & Disciplinary Commission charged him with enabling her to do so, as well as with failing to supervise a non-lawyer assistant who enabled her to do so.
I guess the old “i tried, but my assistant let my wife in” defense didn’t work.
But I digress.
What makes me thankful to practice law in Vermont is the lawyer’s answer to the disciplinary charges.
Per the Legal Profession Blog, when initially charged by disciplinary authorities with letting his disbarred wife continue to work, the lawyer’s formal answer was:
- “Admitted, subject to the qualification that [lawyer] lacks sufficient information to admit or deny when he learned that his wife . . . had been disbarred.”
Business must be good in the big cities when your wife can get disbarred and it doesn’t even register.