Wednesday, December 5, 2007

KanBARoo Court. 13th Installment. The State Bar Gets Nervous

Pulling another trick out of the California State Bar's dirty bag, the Office of Chief Trial Counsel files another motion to enter default, notwithstanding my pending petition for review. The court (or “Hearing Department”) deserves blame for this frivolous motion, because the court emboldens the prosecutrix by mixing messages in orders. Judge Honn twice granted the substance of my motion or denied a motion I opposed. In each, the court pretended that the Bar prevailed.

The first installment treated one instance, a hearing where the court denied the Bar's motion to enter default and permitted me to file a motion for reconsideration. While upbraiding me in harsh generalities, the court granted my opposition’s substance. Yet, listening to all the criticisms directed at respondent, the prosecutrix did not carry away a cautionary message from her failed first attempt to take a stealth default.

In the second instance, the Hearing Department granted delay of my deposition until it ruled on reconsideration. Yet, in ruling in my favor, the Hearing Department styled its order a denial of my motion to continue the deposition notice. Again, Judge Honn ruled in my favor on the matter before him, while clothing the order in terms celebrating Deputy Trial Counsel's victory.

The court does not obfuscate orders merely to feed the prosecutrix’s ego. It intends respondent forgo taking encouragement. This is important because, for want of legal judgment, the Bar cannot count on weathering a litigation storm. Consider the frankly pathetic whining of Deputy Trial Counsel Melanie J. Lawrence, in trying to support her frivolous new motion for entry of default:

Trial in this matter is scheduled to begin December 17, 2007.If the regular time for response to this Motion is allowed, the deadline for a written response will be the same date the beginning of trial is scheduled. As it is, the State Bar has been severely prejudiced in trial preparation by the fact that no response to the NDC has been filed.
Ms. Lawrence's problem is that her astoundingly bad legal judgment wasted a lot of the Bar's precious time. Respondent filed a motion to dismiss on September 4, and the Hearing department noticed rejecting my immediately subsequent motion to reconsider on November 11. That's nine weeks for two motions, judicial transactions that should require only five. The State Bar lost its month because Ms. Lawrence refused to waive her right to proof of service. Proof under the circumstances was a purely technical requirement and one that the State Bar had already waived by accepting my document for filing. No court, not even the State Bar Court, could enter default on these facts:
  1. Respondent files the document;
  2. Five days pass; and
  3. Deputy Trial Counsel only then informs respondent that he omitted a proof of service and she intends to take a default.

The prosecutrix behaved outrageously, and I admit it surprised me. She filed the motion and then spent weeks of valuable time waiting for the result. Why? She just did not know her motion stood not a chance. She believed she would prevail.

The Bar intimidates lawyers to suppress serious litigation, at cost to its attorneys' basic legal experience. What passes for litigation is quibbling about the time span for a suspension. Incidental errors also testify to the Bar's impoverished capabilities. While the prosecutrix wants the Bar to shorten time for responding to her motion, her motion can take at most a couple of days off the response deadline. Had the State Bar served its motion for default by overnight mail, it would have gained four days without court intervention.

Attorneys conducting a disciplinary defense against any of the state bar associations need to develop a case that challenges the State Bar on fundamentals, whether procedural or on the merits. The State Bar proves unequipped to deal with such challenge.

Best to understand this blog:
· Consider reading installments 1-7 in succession;
· Then, follow your interests.

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