California Bar Journal
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the Master of Corporate Spin... of course we're an equal opportunity employer. As that rug clearly indicates, this is a glass floor...Light discipline penalties are a test of faith

It was amazing to see that the State Bar yelled and screamed that it needed a dues bill passed in order to collect money to reinstate attorney discipline to protect the consumers of California.

Yet when you read in the Califor-nia Bar Journal the monthly reports of the discipline imposed on attorneys who steal from their clients, it makes one wonder who does the State Bar look out for.

I’ll never forget one I read a couple of years ago about an attorney who stole client funds, among other misdeeds, and, after imposing a slap-on-the-wrist penalty, the bar goes on to say his situation was mitigated because he was an alcoholic.

No wonder the honest, ethical and hard-working attorneys of the state of California have no faith in the State Bar.

Mike Landon

Bottom line: Attorneys’ reprehensible conduct

I concur with Suzanne A. Tollefson and Dana Drake. The April 2000 issue in which their letters appeared contains in the Discipline section more examples of facts the bar accepts as mitigating circumstances:

1. “. . . he was engaged in a bitter divorce and child custody battle at the time of [misappropriation of client funds]. . . .”

2. “. . . he was using illegal drugs.”

Why does one’s being under stress (or perhaps being in need of money) or using drugs make behavior less reprehensible?

Irene Haynie
Gig Harbor, Wash.