Here is a great idea sent as a website comment! And this is a high school student! It prompted me to write the Letter to the Editor you see here.
It concerns my post about how to report a bad lawyer, and the fact that the Bar very, very, rarely does anything. They need to discipline far more bad lawyers; I have seen complainants here in Delaware get the form letter “we find that your complaint has no merit” in response to clearly outrageous and unethical actions by attorneys! (I was on the Ethics Committee for a few years, and we took every complaint seriously – that was then, this is now!).
Thanks, Poisionedbymy Neighborfromhell. Poisionedbymy Neighborfromhell · Central Lee High School for your comment: “You are right they do not do anything, It should be mandatory that they put the complaints on public record along with their reasons for not reprimanding. At least the general public could read between the lines. Kind of like bad cops that are offered positive recommendations to other police departments. If they agree to resign, what a crock of bs that is. Then they wonder why there are so many bad cops.”
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Letter to the Editor – Hold Bad Lawyers Accountable – 3/19/16
When I was practicing law, from 1973 to 1983, I enjoyed serving on the Ethics Committee for several years. Today, as founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, I get emails and phone calls from Delaware and from all over the country. It is no exaggeration to say that I receive at least 10 to 20 valid complaints about lawyers every week! So I have on our website the list of where to report for disciplinary action bad lawyers in every state. Having seen so many atrocious judges, I have that list too – where to report them in each state.
In response to my posting that website article on Facebook, I got this excellent suggestion from a high school student: “It should be mandatory that they put the complaints on public record along with their reasons for not reprimanding. At least the general public could read between the lines. Kind of like bad cops that are offered positive recommendations to other police departments. If they agree to resign, what a crock of bs that is. Then they wonder why there are so many bad cops.”
The young man has an excellent idea, which, unfortunately, I expect will never happen. Call on the Bar Association to implement it. As things are now, the public never sees the complaint, and the victim gets a form letter saying “we find no merit to your claim/complaint”. This probably is because they do not want to acknowledge that there are sooooo many terrible lawyers out there! More officials with their heads planted firmly in the sand, to the detriment of the public. There are few things worse than a really bad lawyer, in whom you have put your trust, and every valid complaint should see some action, and explanation.
Ken Abraham, Deputy Attorney General 1974-1079, founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Dover, DE 302-423-4067
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