Writer says disciplinary review needed
After reviewing the articles on Mr. Harrison, it seems that the
scope of the "attorney's misconduct" is flagrant and serious
on a variety of camps, and should be the subject of extensive
disciplinary review by the Virginia Bar Association.
If the article is accurately portrayed, it appears that the victim's attorney violated her allegiance to upholding her professional and fiduciary oath, both to her client and the public on a number of ethical counts.
The victim's attorney (questionable ethics) may go well beyond her involvement and participation of falsifying unemployment compensation records.
Accordingly, Ms. Laibstain appeared to violate the rules of the Code of Professional Responsibility during the course of her representation of her client. See partial references below:
| The unethical implications for shirking her
professional duties are further amplified when Ms. Laibstain learned
that he (Harrison) was running for public office (originally in 1994 -
four years after Ms. Laibstain was made aware of the incident and
represented the victim).
Lawyers holding public office assume legal and ethical responsibilities going well beyond those of other citizens.
An attorney who engaged in a wrongful act of this magnitude should raise or should have raised a question as to his fitness both as a lawyer and candidate for public office.
Surely, Ms. Laibstain was aware of her responsibilities to protect both her client and the public by reporting these series of abuses to the proper professional authorities.
The Code of Professional Conduct indicates that an impermissible conflict of interest may exist before representation is undertaken, in which event the representation should be declined.
Ms. Laibstain acknowledged to her client that she had numerous professional and personal relationships with the Harrison firm.
An obvious potential conflict existed that would inhibit her client from receiving unbiased and forthright legal guidance relating to her numerous legal options as well as opportunities of seeking vital professional counseling.
An example of EEOC involvement may have significantly escalated the damages she (the victim could have) received as demonstrated in your article on historical penalties and consequences (See: History & consequences) of sexual harassment cases.
It should be noted that an EEOC office is located in downtown Norfolk.
AGG - Virginia Beach