Lawyer Disbarred for Practicing Law From Jail
Here’s some free advice: if you’re in jail awaiting sentencing for a nightclub shooting, you should probably take a break from practicing law.
Otherwise, you might find yourself disbarred.
It happened in Oklahoma, where the state Supreme Court disbarred a lawyer who tried to continue his law practice while in the county jail. He had been convicted on charges related to a 2016 shooting outside an Oklahoma City nightclub.
“[The lawyer] was more interested in cash flow than client care,” the state supreme court said in issuing the disbarment order. According to the ABA Journal: The state supreme court said Silverman gave “new meaning to the term “jailhouse lawyer.”
Read about the case here and here.
Read the June 28 disciplinary opinion here.
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