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Robert N. McDonald

Robert N. McDonald

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. YI

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon a new attorney without significant criminal law experience, who agreed to represent an immigrant charged with serious drug offenses which could have resulted in imprisonment or deportation, failed to communicate adequately with the client, failed to diligently analyze the discovery provided by the prosecution or to prepare the defense adequately, mishandled the client’s payment, mismanaged his firm’s trust account, and failed to adequately respond to Bar Counsel’s requests for information?

Holding: Given a pattern of dishonest conduct and the finding of a selfish motive, the attorney's inexperience and lack of prior discipline were not sufficient to permit him to escape the ultimate sanction of disbarment.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct Rules ("MARPC") 19-301.1, 19-301.2(a), 19-301.3, 19- 301.4, 19-301.5(a)-(b), 19-301.16(d), 19-308.1, 19-308(a),(c),(d) & 19-308.5.

Citation: Misc. Docket AG No. 21

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