But there is one way that lawyers are siphoned out of the legal industry... through disbarment. Typically, the
Then, there are egregious cases. For these, I will be featuring a wall of shame
Gary Karpin, out of Arizona, is serving 16 years in prison for ripping off clients to the tune of $250K. Not much money considering all that he has lost; a "late-model silver Corvette and his sprawling home in Gilbert that he bought for $495,000 in 2001" and a license to practice the law. I'm sure he'll miss the Corvette and the home.
Not only did this former divorce attorney, turned mediator, promise to: "settle all issues -- no trial -- no court appearance -- be divorced in 90 days -- low cost -- low stress -- judge approved -- focus on best interests of children -- attorney supervised" and then charge clients up to $90K for divorces that should have cost $3K, but he also had romantic interests in at least 2 of his clients. They fell for his guitar abilities and Chris Walken looks (Sorry, Chris!)
And, interestingly enough, he had retired from the practice of law in 1992 (read: disbarred in 1992). Apparently, "[He had] engaged in an unprecedented pattern of submitting false statements, submitting false evidence and using other deceptive practices." Whoops.
He picked up the title of "Dr." somewhere along the way. "He call[ed] himself "Dr. Gary" because of his law degree -- a juris doctorate." Ha!
This guy went to a law school in Vermont. It's safe to presume that it's Vermont Law School, since that is the only one there (I think). It's definitely outside the top 100. I'm sure they are beaming with pride. Hmmmmm... correlation or causation?