Attorney Loses Bid to Appeal Disbarment

, New York Law Journal


The Court of Appeals Thursday declined to hear an appeal of a unanimous Appellate Division, Second Department, ruling disbarring Long Island attorney Ruth Pollack after her criminal contempt conviction for ignoring court orders in a federal employment case and other misconduct (NYLJ, Aug. 15).

The court said in Matter of Pollack, 2013-1022, that it would not hear the appeal because "no substantial constitutional question is directly involved." Judges Victoria Graffeo (See Profile), Susan Phillips Read (See Profile), Robert Smith (See Profile), Eugene Pigott Jr. (See Profile) and Jenny Rivera (See Profile) agreed on the unsigned motion. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (See Profile) and Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam (See Profile) took no part.

The Second Department acted in August upon the recommendation of the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, which initiated its proceedings in 2009. The panel's determination noted, in part, that Eastern District Judge Joseph Bianco (See Profile) dismissed a 2007 federal case argued by Pollack, Stuart v. Secretary of the Department of the Interior, 07-cv-2239, because Pollack repeatedly came to court late or not at all, questioned witnesses after being ordered to stop and referred to court orders as "illegal." She was subsequently disbarred from both the Eastern and Southern districts.

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