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Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

Retired Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. SHULER [Shuler II]

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who promised but repeatedly failed to file motions on behalf of her client in criminal cases, promised but repeatedly failed to visit with her client in jail to discuss the case, failed to act timely on behalf of her client; misrepresented relevant legal information, failed to thoroughly investigate her client's case, and refused to cooperate with Bar Counsel's investigation?

Holding: Having previously suspended this attorney for similar misconduct, the Court disbarred her for failing to file the promised motions, failing to visit that client in jail, misrepresenting legal information to the client related to the case, and failing to respond to lawful requests from Bar Counsel. Writing for a unanimous court, Judge Harrell observed that this lawyer's "history of violating our rules of professional conduct and lack of remorse or ameliorative action suggests that her continuance of the ability to practice law in Maryland represented a grave risk to the public and the legal profession."

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Competence); 1.2(a) (Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer); 1.3 (Diligence); 1.4 (Communication); 8.1 (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters); and 8.4 (a), (c), and (d) (Misconduct). 

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 81 (September Term, 2015)

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