Sometimes, I think we should be harder on lawyers who have bad intent. But this is a little over the top for me.
In Attorney Grievance Commission v. Kepple, a lawyer was given an indefinite suspension of at least 30 days because 13 years ago she hid her real state of residence so she could get in-state tuition. Basically, she pretended she lived in West Virginia to get in-state tuition.
How did she get caught? Her spiteful ex-husband ratted her out.
Lawyers who lie and steal from their clients need to be punished, probably more than they are now in Maryland. But this was a long time ago, she actually had good contacts with West Virginia because she worked there for a time… I just think this is a little over the top.
You can find the court’s opinion here.