April 15, 2006

Disbarring Through Democracy?

by PG

The latest comment on the Internet, Law & Culture symposium post-cum-Kenyatech rant board proposes:

Let's get Sigmund Solares disbarred. Anyone interested in helping out with this goal is urged to visit the Louisiana State Bar Association's complaint page.
Here is the full info on Solares. You'll probably need it to write your complaint. Please note the number at the end. It's the International Standard Lawyer Number (or ISLN), which helps identify each lawyer, even when they move to a different state or change jurisdictions.

Private Practice Lawyer Profile for Sigmund J. Solares
Sigmund J. Solares
650 Poydras St., Ste. 1150
New Orleans, Louisiana
(Orleans Parish)
Born 1971; Admitted 1996; Loyola University - New Orleans, B.B.S.; Loyola University - New Orleans, J.D.
ISLN: 915541964

There's the unlikelihood of success based on political realities -- Solares's company became somewhat known during the Katrina crisis for blogging and keeping itself going, and the LSBA is unlikely to toss someone like that, even after receiving several hundred complaints about his business dealings. There's also the inherent dubiousness of going after an opponent this way. I'm much in favor of people's lodging complaints against professionals for poor behavior in their capacity as such; bring on the accusations of a physician's leaving instruments in a patient, or a lawyer's failure to disclose a conflict of interest. However, to attempt to use the mechanism of disbarment or delicensing for a complaint unrelated to the offender's acts as a professional bothers me. I know that we're supposed to have a generally good moral character as attorneys, and that one of the more famous disbarments in recent times was not about bad behavior while acting as a lawyer, but there are other routes to deal with disgruntlement about Solares's actions as a businessman: complain to WIPO, urge others not to deal with him, deride him publicly. Urging the Louisiana State Bar Association to kick him out is probably both futile and frivolous.

April 15, 2006 07:58 PM | TrackBack

This might be better (or clearer) than the page referenced above as unless you are a client, you'll want to use this process...
"Filing a Complaint Complaints can be filed by any person, not just a client."

Posted by: Actually Here's A Better Link... at July 3, 2006 07:44 AM
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