It’s official, Loren Elliotte Friedman, one of this site’s most-popular characters, has been suspended for three years by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission [HT: Legal Profession Blog].
Interestingly, the IARDC imposed a longer suspension than that recommended by the ethics review board.
After the jump, we recap his desperate, amoral quest for a professional degree of any type, and why that suspension is worse than it appears at first blush.
Isn’t it funny (in the crying-on-the-inside kind of way) how one stupid lie begets others and pretty soon the whole thing spins out of control?
We’ve recounted the story before in more detail. The short version: flunked out of med school, lied on law-school application, fudged grades (literally used white out and a typewriter) to get a summer job at Sidley, lied on bar application, got a job at Curtis Mallet-Prevost, tried to lateral back to Chicago and got caught. Then went to business school (where he appears to be doing better than most would think he deserves).
We, and many others, had to scratch our heads at such a short suspension for such a miscreant. Turns out there are some very important words at the end of the order (reproduced below in relevant part from the omnibus order linked above).
M.R.23720 – In re: Loren Elliotte Friedman. (May 18, 2010)
The petitions by respondent Loren Elliotte Friedman and the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for leave to file exceptions to the report and recommendation of the Review Board are allowed. Respondent is suspended from the practice of law for three (3) years and until further order of the Court.
Order entered by the Court.
“Until further order of the Court” means that Friedman will have to undergo an entire new character & fitness review if he ever decides to re-join the bar. It’s not like the suspension ends and he’s welcomed back with open arms.
The crafty Friedman likely doesn’t care, though. As we’ve documented, he’s finishing up his MBA at Illinois (the same university that threw him out of its medical school), so he probably doesn’t have much incentive to go through the hassle.