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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

For Immediate Release: Committee Formed to Review NY "Ethics" Committees

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For Immediate Release

Ad Hoc Public Committee On Attorney Conduct Formed to Review Actions of New York State Ethics Committees

New Bar Oversight Committee Being Organized by the Litigation Recovery Trust and Integrity in the Courts and Expose Corrupt Courts Blog Organizations With Objective to Replace Existing Grievance Committee Structures

New York, New York. June 17, 2008. Litigation Recovery Trust, a New York based rights administration organization, and Integrity in the Courts and Expose Corrupt Courts, two Internet blogs focused on judicial and attorney disciplinary process and procedures, have announced joint plans to form an Ad Hoc Public Committee On Attorney Conduct (PCAC) to oversee the New York State Attorney Departmental Disciplinary Committees. The Ad Hoc bar oversight committee is being headquartered in New York City.

In announcing plans for the new oversight committee, William J. Hallenbeck, executive director of Litigation Recovery Trust, stated that this action was being taken as a direct result of the recent filing of a growing number of federal lawsuits against the statewide attorney grievance committees and their parent organization, New York State Office of Court Administration. Mr. Hallenbeck noted, “Clearly, as suits against the attorney disciplinary committees continue to be filed on a weekly basis, the time has come for a top to bottom review of the fatally flawed process by which attorneys in New York oversee the conduct of other attorneys. We must make sure that the public becomes the controlling part of the lawyer oversight process.”

Since late last year, over a dozen federal suits have been filed with the U.S. District Courts in New York by numerous plaintiffs, citing illegal actions on the part of the various statewide grievance committees (Anderson v. New York State 07 CV 9599) (SDNY). Some suits cite efforts designed to cover up misdeeds on the part of large New York law firms. Other allegations involve the issuing of rulings by the attorney disciplinary committees victimizing both clients and certain attorneys, usually from small firms and sole practitioners. One lawsuit has been brought by a former employee of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee in Manhattan, which charges widespread corruption on the part of the committee, and seeks the appointment of a Federal monitor to supervise the operations of the organization. Subsequently filed lawsuits also seek the appointment of federal overseer.

Frank Brady, chairman of Integrity in the Courts, also issued the following statement: “On a daily basis, we report on outrageous conduct on the part of the grievance committees in New York State. Well documented complaints of malpractice, personal attacks and even theft, filed by individuals victimized by attorneys, are regularly disregarded and covered up by the ‘ethics’ committees. Other situations involve large law firms using the committees to threaten and harm other lawyers. In short, the attorney grievance review process is corrupt to the core, and in need of immediate replacement by a public review board. The establishment of the Ad Hoc Public Committee On Attorney Conduct is the first necessary step in such a replacement process. Legislative action is also being planned.”

Expose Corrupt Courts blog also issued the following statement: “The cumulative efforts of our organizations’ joint efforts recognize that the vast majority of judges are attorneys first, and accordingly, they must be included within this new ethics umbrella that’s being established."

Under the plan put forth by LRT, Integrity in the Courts, and Expose Corrupt Courts, the newly formed Ad Hoc Public Committee On Attorney Conduct will review both past and present cases brought before the grievance committees to provide an independent review and analysis of the facts, and issue proposed findings. With respect to past cases, the committee will be particularly interested in hearing from persons who maintain that they have been treated unfairly and unjustly by the disciplinary committees. As part of its initial efforts, the new committee will actively seek documentation of all complaints against any attorneys dating to January 1, 1988.  

According to the founding organizations, the Ad Hoc Public Committee On Attorney Conduct will include as members individuals, who through their personal and professional lives have established a reputation of responsibility and fairness. While attorneys will be available to the PCAC as advisers, all voting members issuing formal reports and decisions will be non attorneys.  

In commenting on the structure of the ad hoc committee, Mr. Hallenbeck noted that this will be the first time in the United States that a review body made up entirely of non attorneys will be assembled to oversee the professional practices of lawyers. He added, “By initially establishing a parallel committee structure to the New York State grievance committees, we will have the opportunity to determine that a bar review process made up entirely of non attorneys can achieve the desired result. We should make it clear that our immediate goal here is to create a practical, working model to replace the attorney grievance committees.”

Mr. Hallenbeck also confirmed that efforts have begun to recruit members for an executive board to direct the operations of the Ad Hoc Committee, as well as practice review and public affairs committees. Among those being sought as members are active and retired senior business executives, government officials, educators (primarily business faculty at colleges and universities, as well as law schools), business consultants and clergy, particularly with training in business ethics. Mr. Hallenbeck added, “We are in search of a committee to be made up of members with broad and diverse business experience and expertise, as well as impeccable records of fairness and sound judgment to review breaches of attorney ethics and rulings which can be classified as highly suspect.”
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For additional information please contact:
William J. Hollenbeck
Executive Director
Litigation Recovery Trust
515 Madison Avenue 
New York, New York 10022
Telephone 347-632-9775

Frank Brady

Expose Corrupt Courts

About Litigation Recovery Trust

Founded in 1995, Litigation Recovery Trust is a New York based claims and rights administration organization. LRT pursues claims and causes of action worldwide, and processes single and group litigation claims, as well as general rights fees and awards. LRT also participates in legislative and administrative initiatives designed to protect or advance individual claims and rights.

About Integrity in the Courts Blog

Integrity in the Courts is a daily blog, which focuses on ethical and legal issues related to the administration of justice nationwide. Issues impacting both the judiciary and the bar are investigated, including compliance with a codes of judicial conduct, the codes of professional responsibility. Violations of law and failure to abide by codes of conduct are monitored, together with actions leading to disciplinary rulings, including admonishment, reprimand, censure, suspension or loss of licenses to practice law.

About Expose Corrupt Courts

Since beginning publication in March 2007, Expose Corrupt Courts has become one of the leading sources of both public and inside information concerning bench and bar misconduct. While the blog focuses primary attention on the court system of New York State, it regularly covers stories of interest throughout the U.S. Expose Corrupt Courts has led coverage of the massive corruption charges that have been filed against the attorney grievance committees in New York that have resulted in the filing of over a dozen law suits with the federal district court in Manhattan.


Anonymous said...

WOW...Sounds GREAT to me..The Attorney Grievance Process should be exactly like the Jury or Grand Jury process. If an attorney commits Disciplinary and Ethical violations..the case should go before a Jury or Grand Jury.Let the PEOPLE decide their fate..not another lawyer.

Anonymous said...

This is also an excellent review process for the NY STATE COURT SYSTEM! All non-lawyers and non- judges overseeing the work and ethics of the court system, that the STATE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT etc, refused to and was influenced to not perform! Imagine the result and the possible new type of administrators that would be in charge!The public will finally be able to view this system as it should have been viewed ( as a system of real and true justice) for the past 40-50 years! Thank you Expose Corrupt Courts...NY!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Thank You Frank and all at this blog as well as the folks at the Westchester Guardian. After 5 years of abuse from the family/supreme courts in Westchester, I constantly feel like giving up but it helps me tremendously that all of you continue this fight for everyone.
One day I hope to see my law guardian and current family court judge on the cover of the newspaper under the words "scandal"
anyone remember this headline
"Judge Hates Women" That clown was one of my abusers (and I am not a woman)

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. But what will happen to the hacks that work at these committees? Will they be left to simply sell their own mothers? What about the favors? What about the inside deals? What about the paybacks? Oh, lord, what will the fat cats do!

Anonymous said...

IT'S ABOUT FU$%ING TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

to paraphrase - Law is too important to be left solely to lawyers/judges - As Exhibit A, just look at what they have done to our legal system. It's a big mess with all the corruption. It has been come an illegal yoke on our country. It's time for a big change!

Anonymous said...

Let NY be the first to start a judicial cleanup throughout this country! If this includes sending some judges and their employees to jail or terminate them from the system for be must be done and soon!
Too many people are disgusted and repeating stories of abuse and corruption within the system, that soon this will impede the NY judiciary from being able to garner the respect needed to perform and function in their governmental and constitutional duties.
All the excellent work this site has done, cannot ever be expressed we can only simply say...THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Anonymous said...

this is a great idea, lawyers have a big conflict in all of this. It make no sense to permit them to be their own Judges that way the can and have fixed the system anyway they have wanted.

Anonymous said...

the Judicial sytem considing of Attorney/Judges and their minions have brainwashed the Country. We all have to stop drinking the Koolaid.

Anonymous said...

hey man, the whole court system is one big con game used to screw all the non lawyers - you wouldn't beleive what goes on when a lawyer goes pro se.

Anonymous said...

The following are the names of some of the Judges in need of investigation in Orange County Goshen New York

Judge Andrew Bivona, Judge Debra Kiediasch, Judge John K. McGuirk.

Anonymous said...

just wondering out loud when Her Majesty Judith Kaye will endorse this proposal

Anonymous said...

Judy kaye is going to prison!

Anonymous said...

RE:Samuel Brooke,
Judicial Branch

State judicial branches are usually led by the state supreme court, which hears appeals from lower-level state courts. Court structures and judicial appointments/elections are determined either by legislation or the state constitution. The Supreme Court focuses on correcting errors made in lower courts and therefore holds no trials. Rulings made in state supreme courts are normally binding; however, when questions are raised regarding consistency with the U.S. Constitution, matters may be appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.

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