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Brown’s Dishonesty Jeopardizes His Law License

By Judd Legum on September 9, 2005 at 10:13 am

"Brown’s Dishonesty Jeopardizes His Law License"

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This morning, Time Magazine reports that FEMA director Mike Brown has lied about his professional qualifications.

Brown is a member of the Oklahoma State Bar. According to the “Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct” conduct involving “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation” is a violation constituting “professional misconduct.”

Oklahoma state law specifies that “any lawyer violating these Rules of Professional Conduct shall be subject to discipline.” Discipline includes “disbarment, suspension of a respondent from the practice of law for a definite term…public censure or private reprimand.”

Note to other members of the Oklahoma State Bar: According to Rule 8.3 of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct, “A lawyer having knowledge that another lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question as to that lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, shall inform the appropriate professional authority.”

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