Legal Ethics

Panel Suggests 2-Year Suspension for Lawyer, Citing His Attitude and Refusal of Informal Admonition

The opening salvo in a disciplinary case against Andre P. Barber was an effort to impose an informal admonition on the District of Columbia attorney concerning his conduct in a personal landlord-tenant matter.

But Barber rejected the penalty and fought the legal ethics case, resulting in a 97-page report (PDF) by a Board on Professional Responsibility hearing committee Monday in which it recommended that he be suspended from practice for two years by the D.C. Court of Appeals. The committee also recommended that Barber be required to demonstrate his fitness before being readmitted.

The hearing committee cited as “a significant aggravating factor” his false testimony during the disciplinary case, and pointed as well to his attitude and lack of remorse and appreciation of the effect his conduct has on others.

Hat tip: Legal Profession Blog.

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