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What do lawyers who have been disbarred do?

I'm curious. unfrozenlawyer09/02/11
they live happily ever after. the end. goingnowherefast09/02/11
Former President of the United States of America. OhioDocReviewer09/02/11
Was Nixon disbarred too? I know Clinton was. mississippilawyer09/06/11
Use their connections to get a job from a friend. Then get SchilledandBilled09/02/11
I fantasize about getting disbarred all the time. It would cowgod09/03/11
Maybe you should join a biker gang, start racking heads and OhioDocReviewer09/03/11
They keep practicing, just stay behind the bar, (not go to c aintnoreason09/06/11
Pretty much. They just hire a newbie to act as their front a jd221209/06/11
In Florida, they are banned from working in law firms. In Ca GuyInGorillaSuit09/06/11
I went to a CLE this weekend, and saw in the ethics portion HungryJoe09/06/11
Once disbarred, as opposed to suspended, they have little in sololit09/06/11
They could then teach ethics at law school. aintnoreason09/06/11
And have everyone take and pass a multi-state ethics exam. unfrozenlawyer09/06/11
disbarred male attorneys go around telling chicks they are l JJPisdead09/06/11
I worked for a bar's disciplinary department for about three SmaLLB09/06/11
I know one. Became an inner-city high school teacher and flawed09/06/11
unfrozenlawyer (Sep 2, 2011 - 8:40 pm)

I'm curious.

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goingnowherefast (Sep 2, 2011 - 8:42 pm)

they live happily ever after. the end.

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OhioDocReviewer (Sep 2, 2011 - 8:45 pm)

Former President of the United States of America.

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mississippilawyer (Sep 6, 2011 - 11:23 am)

Was Nixon disbarred too? I know Clinton was.

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SchilledandBilled (Sep 2, 2011 - 11:41 pm)

Use their connections to get a job from a friend. Then get readmitted after a few years (most disbarments aren't permanent).

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cowgod (Sep 3, 2011 - 12:00 am)

I fantasize about getting disbarred all the time. It would be so awesome.

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OhioDocReviewer (Sep 3, 2011 - 12:09 am)

Maybe you should join a biker gang, start racking heads and cooking meth like this guy.

http://www.qfora.com/ot/thread.php?threadId=20131

That just might do the trick.

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aintnoreason (Sep 6, 2011 - 10:14 am)

They keep practicing, just stay behind the bar, (not go to court) and not sign pleadings. Like a plumber's helper whose name isn't on the truck, all it takes is just someone else's ticket to practice under.

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jd2212 (Sep 6, 2011 - 10:24 am)

Pretty much. They just hire a newbie to act as their front and their official title becomes "paralegal to Mr. Newbie." Disgusting really how easy it is to game the system. The bar needs to ban them from taking paralegal jobs too.

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GuyInGorillaSuit (Sep 6, 2011 - 11:08 am)

In Florida, they are banned from working in law firms. In California, a lawyer who employs a disbarred attorney in any capacity has to disclose it in the retainer agreement. If the bar finds out the disbbared attorney is practicing law, they will prosecute the attorney enabling him.

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HungryJoe (Sep 6, 2011 - 11:37 am)

I went to a CLE this weekend, and saw in the ethics portion that there have been many disbarred attorneys recently that just simply continue working, going to court, and not even trying to nice behind a proxy. They just keep up business as usual until the bar finds out and disciplines them further. Since practicing w/o a license is a misdemeanor in my state, I guess they just deal with the risk.

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sololit (Sep 6, 2011 - 11:43 am)

Once disbarred, as opposed to suspended, they have little incentive not to keep practicing. With minimal efforts to conceal their direct representation of clients, they can make it very difficult for the bar regulation bureaucracies to build a case and move it all the way to any kind of conviction.

The bar is only ever good at disciplining small firm lawyers/solos for relatively minor infractions. The big firms run the bar and are pretty much immune from real discipline. And when the sanction is disbarment, the ex-lawyer is free to thumb his nose at the prohibition against practicing with relative impunity.

Very imperfect system.

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aintnoreason (Sep 6, 2011 - 12:46 pm)

They could then teach ethics at law school.

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unfrozenlawyer (Sep 6, 2011 - 1:10 pm)

And have everyone take and pass a multi-state ethics exam.

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JJPisdead (Sep 6, 2011 - 1:32 pm)

disbarred male attorneys go around telling chicks they are lawyers and bang the piss out of them all.

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SmaLLB (Sep 6, 2011 - 2:39 pm)

I worked for a bar's disciplinary department for about three years:

I saw the disbarred do many things, including but not limited to the following:

1. Cycle further down into the drug addiction that helped play a part in their disbarment in the first place, so near the end they died in their complete crack den of a home;

2. Repeatedly try to get readmitted to the bar; usually without success (at least in my jurisdiction) due to the gravity of the reasons behind the disbarment;

3. Move to another jurisdiction to run a hot dog cart (from which he sold pot). And continue to engage in the inappropriate relationships with underage boys that had them disbarred in first place (when the underage boys had also been their clients). Go to prison for child pornography/sexual assault/selling drugs from hot dog cart.

4. Spend their time in jail or prison or under house arrest, since they had not only been disbarred, but criminally charged with immigration fraud, drug trafficking, and/or sending "enforcers" (aka a motorcycle gang) to get clients to pay their accounts and discourage them from making a complaint.

5. Live in a foreign jurisdiction and sleep in the bed their misappropriated trust funds bought.

6. And yes, unauthorized practice.

(Where I was they could not work in law firms even as paralegals/assistants)

I suppose some just learned from their errors, gave up on the law, and moved on with new lives. I did not hear about those ones though as they were not usually the hot topic around the office.

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flawed (Sep 6, 2011 - 2:42 pm)

I know one.

Became an inner-city high school teacher and says he is happier than he was.

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