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I saw a post on an ethics listserv the other day about a proposal by the California disciplinary counsel to issue a "consumer alert" any time a lawyer is accused of misappropriating client funds. Under the present regime, these alerts are sent out after an investigation reveals misappropriation of over $25,000. The poster felt that this proposal went too far, essentially convicting the lawyer without a trial, and should be resisted. I found even the existing program to be troubling.

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