608 N.E.2d 865 (Ohio Bd.Unauth.Prac. 1991), UPL-90-6, Cleveland Bar Assn. v. Scali

Docket Nº:UPL-90-6.
Citation:608 N.E.2d 865, 62 Ohio Misc.2d 562
Opinion Judge:KENNETH F. SEIBEL, Chairman.
Party Name:CLEVELAND BAR ASSOCIATION v. SCALI.
Attorney:Thomas E. Fisher, David A. Kutik and Harold H. Reader, for relator. Mark A. Kaiser, for respondent.
Case Date:September 03, 1991
Court:Ohio Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
 
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608 N.E.2d 865 (Ohio Bd.Unauth.Prac. 1991)

62 Ohio Misc.2d 562

CLEVELAND BAR ASSOCIATION

v.

SCALI.

No. UPL-90-6.

Ohio Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

September 3, 1991

Thomas E. Fisher, David A. Kutik and Harold H. Reader, for relator.

Mark A. Kaiser, for respondent.

KENNETH F. SEIBEL, Chairman.

This matter came before the Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of Law for hearing on August 21, 1991. Members of the board present and participating in this decision were Kenneth F. Seibel, Chairman, Santiago Feliciano, Jr., Paul M. Greenberger, Jeffrey L. Maloon, and John W. Waddy, Jr. D. John Travis recused himself from consideration of this case since he was the chairman of the relator's committee on the unauthorized practice of law when that committee originally considered this matter. [62 Ohio Misc.2d 563]

On August 12, 1991, the parties filed a joint "Stipulation of Facts and Waiver of Notice." Therefore, the parties and their counsel did not appear at the hearing and the board had before it the complaint, answer, and stipulation.

The parties stipulated that respondent, Kathleen A. Scali:

1. is not an attorney licensed to practice law;

2. prepared legal documents, offered legal advice, and performed legal services in estate planning, preparation of a will, and probate of the estate of Jack G. Long of Cleveland, Ohio;

3. pleaded guilty to an information filed in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, alleging that she forged a court

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pleading "so that it purported to be genuine, when it was actually spurious," and was sentenced to prison; and

4. derived income from these activities.

Paragraph 7 of the stipulation of the parties reads as follows:

"7) If this Board authorized the institution of an action, the parties will stipulate to a consent decree enjoining the Respondent from conduct constituting the unauthorized practice of law and specifically making clear that she is free to work as a legal secretary or paralegal for, and under the direct and responsible supervision of, a lawyer or lawyers duly admitted to practice law in, and in good standing in Ohio, provided that once every year for a period of five years from the entry of such consent decree, Respondent notifies Relator in writing regarding the name, address and telephone number of each person for...

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