How does a lawyer get disbarred? Disbarment may be imposed by the state bar association if a lawyer commits an offense that directly relates to his or her fitness to practice law. Such offenses may include dishonesty, fraud, felony, substance abuse, abuse of public office, or “conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. A lawyer suspended for more than six months or a disbarred lawyer shall be reinstated or readmitted only upon order of the court. No lawyer may petition for reinstatement until around six months before the period of suspension has expired. No lawyer may petition for readmission until five years after the effective date of disbarment. A lawyer who has been placed on interim suspension and is therefore disbarred for the same misconduct that was the ground for the interim suspension may petition for readmission at the expiration of [five] years from the time of the effective date of the interim suspension.
Regarding Giuliani, evidently the New York State Bar Association is considering removing Donald Trump’s attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, from its membership. The credentialing organization issued a statement accusing Mr. Giuliani of playing a part in inciting the crowd that attacked the US Capitol last week. The organization said it had received “hundreds” of complaints about Giuliani in recent months, mostly based on his involvement in Trump’s campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 election. To see the statement click here.