Voinovich & Sotomayor
As expected, Ohio’s Senator George Voinovich voted to confirm our new US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
So my question for Voinovich is: Do legal ethics matter? There was a little reported story about Sotomayor’s deceptive advertising for her lawfirm:
Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor seems to think different rules apply to her than to everyone else.
On Page 143 of her Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire, she said she “practiced alone” in a side legal business from 1983 to 1986 “as a consultant to family and friends.” During that time, she also was serving as a prosecutor and then as a member of a larger law firm. Judge Sotomayor listed the name of the solo practice as Sotomayor and Associates.
Advertising a solo practice as if it has more than one lawyer is a problem. Judge Sotomayor appears to have violated this minor but clear rule of legal ethics for four years.
The American Bar Association has noted that “all state bar opinions are in agreement that a lawyer may not use the term, ‘and Associates’ if there are in fact no associates in the firm.” As reported by New York Personal Injury Law Blogger Eric Turkewitz, who first discovered this detail: “in New York, the conduct would fall under DR 2-102″ of the New York Lawyer’s Code of Professional Responsibility, “which bars misleading advertising on a letterhead. If in fact Sotomayor had no associates at her firm, it would appear she overstepped the bounds of self-promotion by making her firm seem bigger than it was.”
So while the Ohio Supreme Court was busy stripping away the law license and issuing a strongly-worded reprimand to a lawyer for exact same offense, George Voinovich confirmed Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court.
The left put their racist bigot on the highest court in the land with Voinovich’s assistance. oh well