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Attorney Discipline Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Mazur, Catherine


AC40887 - Cohen v. Statewide Grievance Committee ("The plaintiff, Debra Cohen, an attorney, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing her appeal from the reprimand imposed by the defendant, the Statewide Grievance Committee, for her violation of rules 3.3 (a) (1) and 8.4 (3) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that (1) disciplinary counsel violated her due process rights by refusing to conduct an investigation into the allegations of misconduct against her, (2) disciplinary counsel violated her due process rights by failing to produce any witnesses other than the plaintiff at her hearing before the reviewing committee, (3) the court improperly inferred the existence of an attorney-client relationship between the plaintiff and the Probate Court, (4) the court improperly expanded the application of rule 3.3 to an attorney functioning in a fiduciary role, and (5) the court improperly upheld the reviewing committee's determination that an entry in the amended final account filed by the plaintiff on June 24, 2013, constituted a knowingly false statement to the Probate Court in violation of rule 3.3 (a) (1) and was dishonest in violation of rule 8.4 (3). We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")