Discipline Notices — Can they be improved?


Posted On Aug 29 2014 by

Lawyer discipline article in the Orlando Sentinel.

Here I how the article described the discipline and the basis of the discipline.  Note, the article does not say what rules were violated.

Blankner, 217 N.E. Ivanhoe Blvd., also received a public reprimand. According to a news release from the Florida Bar, court officials with the Fifth District Court of Appeals had noted problems with Blankner’s performance including filing late documents, repeat requests for extensions of time to file briefs, failed to respond or timely respond to orders from the court and failed to supervise an associate attorney, among other issues.

Oviedo attorney Sarah Michelle Pashaee was suspended for 18 months, for allegations related to unlicensed operation of a practice in California. According to a news release from the Florida Bar, Pashaee had resided in California since about 2011 and had no real office in Orlando. Phone calls and mail were forwarded to her from an Orlando office for the Aldridge Law Group. Staff solicited clients for loan modification cases across the United States based upon leads she had purchased from an Internet company. Staff promised unrealistic results or failed to communicate adequately with clients. Her suspension was effective 30 days from a June 19 court order.

Chmari Lael Anderson, of Orlando, received a public reprimand and was ordered to attend ethics schhool. According to a news release, Anderson failed to file a timely appeal in a criminal case where a client received a 30-year prison term, and typed the client’s name on a signature line without permission. Anderson subsequently failed to respond to the court regarding allegations made by the client.

Would it not be better to describe the conduct, list the RPC violated, and say what discipline was imposed?  That is to say, would it not be better to combine this approach with the approach currently taken by the NW Lawyer?

Last Updated on: August 29th, 2014 at 1:30 pm, by Stephen Eugster


Written by Stephen Eugster