X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Citing “irreparable differences” with her client, defense lawyer Michele Roberts is looking to withdraw as counsel to one of the convicted defendants in the Washington Teachers’ Union embezzlement case. The move comes just weeks before her client, former union Treasurer James Baxter, is to be sentenced. Those differences “have seriously eroded the attorney-client relationship,” wrote Roberts, a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, in a March 16 motion. Roberts would not elaborate on the rift, suggesting Baxter’s new attorney, Elmer Douglas Ellis, might. But Ellis, a solo practitioner in Washington, said he wouldn’t talk about it. Given that she is one of D.C.’s premier litigators, one possible reason could be Roberts’ fee. Although Baxter has retained Ellis, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has not yet ruled on Roberts’ request. Roberts began representing Baxter shortly after his arrest and indictment in November 2003 on conspiracy, fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering charges in connection with the theft of nearly $5 million in union funds. Baxter and Gwendolyn Hemphill were convicted in August following a three-month trial. Baxter, who is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12, faces a prison term of between 10 and 15 years.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.