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a report was initially filed with the New York Bar Association about the illegal activities of one cheddi berret jagan II. we have since received a response and this is the incorrect body to file this type of complaint
Mr. ********, your question was referred to me. We cannot opine regarding particular conduct and the use of Esq. and whether that constitutes holding oneself out as a lawyer. If you want to raise this with the proper authority, there are Character and Fitness Committees in each judicial department that review the qualifications of people who pass the bar and are seeking admission to practice. Bar associations have no role in this. Information on the Committee for the First Department (covering Manhattan and the Bronx) can be found here: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad1/Committees&Programs/CFC/index.shtml
Maria Matos, Esq., Executive Secretary
Committee on Character and Fitness
41 Madison Avenue (at 26th Street), 26th Floor
New York, NY 10010
*Phone: ( 646) 386-5893
FAX: (212) 295-4915
and the Committee for the Second Department (covering the rest of the City and several surrounding counties) can be found here:
Committees on Character & Fitness
Second Judicial Department
335 Adams Street, Room 2404
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The law requires that before admitting a person to the bar of the State of New York, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court must be satisfied that he or she “possesses the character and general fitness requisite for an attorney and counsellor-at-law” (Judiciary Law § 90) and it directs the creation of committees for the purpose of investigating the character and fitness of every applicant for admission to practice (CPLR 9401). Unless otherwise ordered by the Appellate Division, no person may be admitted to practice without having received a certificate from the proper committee attesting that it has carefully investigated the character and fitness of the applicant and that he or she is of good character and is fit to practice (CPLR 9404).
additional and rather interesting reading
Does ‘Esq.’ Mean Attorney? Suspended Lawyer Claims It Also Refers to Readers of the Magazine
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A suspended California lawyer who claims the word “Esq.” has multiple meanings has failed to persuade an ethics review board he deserves to continue practicing law.
The lawyer, John Mark Heurlin, is facing a recommended disbarment for holding himself out as a lawyer while representing himself. The Review Department of the California State Bar Court rejected the lawyer’s claim that he could refer to himself as “Esq.”
Heurlin had argued the word “Esquire” has many meanings, including that of a property owner and subscriber to the magazine Esquire. The Review Department said the argument fails because the focus is not on single usage of a particular word. “Instead, we consider the context of the words and the general course of conduct,” the opinion said.
Disbarment is appropriate, the review department said, because Heurlin has three previous discipline..
Source: American Bar Association Journal
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