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UVA Law alumna who received $20k on Ellen show charged with delivering contraband to inmate

Well, if true, that is one way to end a promising legal care ibrslave05/01/18
I got a job for her since she'll probably be looking. She go supercalifragilisti05/04/18
Startup capital. jorgedeclaro05/01/18
[redacted]. Thought I was in the dome. Sad story. midlaw05/01/18
bail form indicated she was unemployed. not sure how well th shouldalearnedmath05/02/18
Is it 100% she gets disbarred? I feel like c&f committees ar loser1205/02/18
I don’t think it’s 100% disbarred. There are two golden jorgedeclaro05/02/18
Overdrawing your trust account (which is how most trust acco onehell06/08/18
I never knew the bank reports IOLTA overdrafts to the bar. jeffm06/08/18
Yeah, they certainly do in my state and I hear it's pretty u onehell06/08/18
I guess she should have sold out. isthisit05/02/18
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ibrslave (May 1, 2018 - 4:14 pm)

Well, if true, that is one way to end a promising legal career: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/crime/richmond-attorney-who-received-as-a-uva-law-student-on/article_da89e58b-317f-5310-badb-bf5e11bad80e.html.

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supercalifragilisti (May 4, 2018 - 8:49 am)

I got a job for her since she'll probably be looking. She got a little body on her.

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jorgedeclaro (May 1, 2018 - 5:20 pm)

Startup capital.

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midlaw (May 1, 2018 - 7:20 pm)

[redacted]. Thought I was in the dome. Sad story.

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shouldalearnedmath (May 2, 2018 - 7:54 am)

bail form indicated she was unemployed. not sure how well things were going TBH

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loser12 (May 2, 2018 - 12:41 pm)

Is it 100% she gets disbarred? I feel like c&f committees are more forgiving than they get credit for. This is bad tho.

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jorgedeclaro (May 2, 2018 - 12:55 pm)

I don’t think it’s 100% disbarred. There are two golden rules on bar discipline. First, don’t f*** with “their” money (IOLTA). They stole it from your clients fair and square and they hate competition. Second, don’t f*** with your clients money.

Sneaking drugs to an inmate is pretty clearly dishonest behavior. On the plus side, she wasn’t doing it as the attorney for the inmate. I think she claims substance abuse as a mitigating factor and it’s a toss up on disbarment or suspension.

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onehell (Jun 8, 2018 - 12:25 pm)

Overdrawing your trust account (which is how most trust account abuses eventually come to light because the bank automatically reports any IOLTA overdrafts to the bar) is definitely the number 1 reason for disbarment, and it's true that ALMOST anything else is usually a lesser sanction like suspension. But smuggling drugs into the jail like that is probably a felony, and it's pretty damn hard to get or keep a law license with one of those.

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jeffm (Jun 8, 2018 - 12:42 pm)

I never knew the bank reports IOLTA overdrafts to the bar. Makes sense.

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onehell (Jun 8, 2018 - 1:40 pm)

Yeah, they certainly do in my state and I hear it's pretty universal. Basically, to open IOLTA accounts for lawyers the bank has to sign a contract with the bar that has two main conditions:

1. Interest earned on the account must be forwarded to the bar (hence the IOLTA acronym). The bar then distributes the money to legal aid programs, and;

2. Bank must report any overdrafts to the bar within X number of days.

A lawyer is not allowed to keep trust funds at any bank that will not sign the agreement.

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isthisit (May 2, 2018 - 12:55 pm)

I guess she should have sold out.

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maverick (May 5, 2018 - 2:24 pm)

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