Suspended attorney Ira Mayo's disciplinary case possibly won't be decided until next year after a judge listened to a full day of testimony, then ordered attorneys from both sides to file post-hearing briefs.
Josh J.T. Byrne
The Legal Intelligencer
To understand the significance of the engagement letter, it may be best for attorneys to take the word "engagement" out of the professional context and think about how the word is used in the individual context. To become engaged is one of the most significant acts we undertake as individuals. So, too, in the professional context, becoming engaged is one of the most significant acts a professional can undertake. When you enter into an engagement, you are binding yourself to another person.
As of Jan. 18, 2013, thanks to the addition of a rule by the Appellate Division, First Department, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee wields an additional tool for ensuring ethical practice in the First Department: Dismissal with Guidance.