Evan Slavitt, a former federal prosecutor who was a Republican candidate for Massachusetts attorney general in 2002, has had his D.C. law license suspended for two months after he recommended someone for admittance to the Massachusetts bar who had once falsely claimed to be a lawyer.
In an opinion handed down today, the D.C. Court of Appeals said that Slavitt had failed to prove that his license should not be suspended, as it was in Massachusetts, under exceptions to the D.C. Bar’s rules regarding reciprocal discipline.
In 2007, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court determined that Slavitt’s license should be pulled for at least two months after he recommended Fineberg to that state’s bar despite knowing that Fineberg earlier falsely claimed to be a lawyer in California. Fineberg’s false statement about having a California law license, the Supreme Judicial Court found, compromised Fineberg's fitness to be an attorney and should have given Slavitt pause before he recommended him for admission.
Slavitt said he vouched for Fineberg because he believed that Fineberg had finally been admitted to the California bar.
Slavitt, who now lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and works as general counsel of AVX Corp., said “It sounds like D.C. has finally gotten around to enacting their reciprocal discipline. For reasons that are not clear, they didn’t get around to doing this until now.”
He added that he has no active cases in D.C. and currently maintains inactive status in the District.