A pro bono assignment to defend a woman displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina against being evicted in the Albany, N.Y., area has left attorney John A. Aretakis facing a $10,000 court fine and a bill for as much as $16,678 in attorney fees.

Northern District of New York Judge Gary L. Sharpe rebuked Aretakis for fighting the eviction of Tina Zlotnick by filing suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Bishop Howard Hubbard, the United States and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.