Disbar

v. Improper conduct which results in the removal of an attorney from practice which prohibits the attorney from practicing law before the courts in a state or from advising clients for a fee. The State Bar Association or the highest state court typically invokes this penalty. Conduct which would qualify for disbarment include conviction for a felony involving “moral turpitude,” forgery, fraud, a history of dishonesty, consistent lack of attention to clients, abandoning several clients, alcoholism or drug abuse which affects the attorney’s ability to practice, theft of funds, or a pattern of violation of the professional code of ethics. Reprimand, suspension and/or requirement that the lawyer correct his/her conduct and illustrate remorse and/or pass a test on legal ethics are imposed for singular incidents, other than felony conviction.

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