In the spring, we told you about the case of Loren Friedman, a former associate at three Am Law 100 firms who was hit with a three-year suspension for, among other things, altering the grades on his law school transcripts and failing to disclose that he had been kicked out of medical school. Back then, disciplinary authorities in Illinois — where Friedman worked for Sidley Austin as a summer associate in 2002 — thought the three-year suspension was, if anything, too lenient.

A hearing board recommended Friedman, who is now in business school at the University of Illinois, be disbarred or suspended indefinitely. That recommendation spurred a further hearing, the result of which came down on Thursday. And it’s a happy one for Friedman: The board hearing his case cut his suspension in half, to 18 months. (Hat tip: The Legal Profession Blog.)