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6th Circuit Suspends Lawyer for ‘Careless’ Use of Name

March 6, 2018, 5:18 PM

A semi-retired lawyer who let others draft and sign his name to “one-size-fits-all” pleadings will serve a 90-day suspension, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held Mar. 1.

Lawyers transitioning to retirement still need to comply with their ethical obligations. And a lawyer can’t allow a filing to be signed in his name unless he at least reviewed the filing, the opinion makes clear.

In affirming a 90 day suspension, Sixth Circuit Senior Judge David W. McKeague said "[a] lawyer’s good name and professional reputation are his primary stock in trade, an asset to be cultivated and ...