The Release-Dismissal Team has filed our inquiry in three more states; Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan.
Meb Anderson, Utah’s Attorney General and member of the Ethics Advisory Committee for Utah’s State Bar, responded to the Clinic’s six month old inquiry regarding the use of release-dismissal agreements in Utah and whether the state bar had ever addressed the ethical implications associated with them. Mr. Anderson informed clinic member, Windy Majer, that the Ethics Committee considers this a legal matter for the most part, not an ethical issue to be addressed by the Ethics Advisory Committee. When the use of release-dismissal have come before the federal courts in Utah, the courts have followed a 10th Circuit Case where a Rumery evidentiary hearing is held. Because of the Utah courts’ adherence to the Rumery standard, the Utah Ethics Advisory Committee will not consider the Clinic’s inquiry.
If you’re barred in any of the following states and are interested in getting involved with this project, please contact us. Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.