Committee Reaffirms Seven-Year Suspension

, New York Law Journal


The Southern District Grievance Committee found that against Judge Harold Baer's specific order, Kristan Peters used confidential information from a New York case to pursue temporary injunctive relief in Massachusetts and instructed an associate to make handwritten marks on deposition transcripts to give them the appearance of attorney work product.

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  • Ravi Batra

    If lawyers upheld the law at risk of being fired or losing a client, even a powerful political one, United States Attorneys would have less corruption cases to bring. That there are as many corruption cases in New York suggests that the self-policing function isn't as robust as it ought to be, notwithstanding the "crime/fraud" exception to the Privilege. If New York is to avoid becoming "Casablanca," then it is up to the lawyers to uphold the law and the bench.

    To be a lawyer has to define honor itself - something the practice of law sometimes shows isn’t always embraced. So, “kudos” to the Committee, its illustrious members, and Magistrate Judge Smith, for seeking to restore some luster to being “an officer of the court and a lawyer.”

    Dated: 4/14/13


    Ravi Batra

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