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NO. BD-2008-101


S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Spina on January 29, 2009.1


On September 16, 2008, the respondent Frank J. Hancock was disbarred by the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York, for permitting a convicted felon to use his name on court papers and advertise himself as a paralegal and for knowingly making a misrepresentation to the court during oral argument. The case is reported as In the Matter of Hancock, 55 A.D.3d 216, 863 N.Y.S.2d 804 (2d Dept. 2008).

On October 9, 2008, bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. On October 15, 2008, bar counsel served the respondent with an order of notice. On December 4, 2008, the county court held a hearing on the petition for reciprocal discipline.

In the interim, the respondent filed a motion for reconsideration in the appellate division of the New York supreme court for the Second Department. The county court continued the matter pending the outcome of the respondentís motion but also entered an order of temporary suspension in Massachusetts on December 9, 2008. The respondent did not fully comply with the order of temporary suspension.

On December 10, 2008, the New York court denied the motion for reconsideration. On December 22, 2008, bar counsel sent to the county court a copy of the New York courtís order. The county court scheduled another hearing on the petition for January 22, 2009.

On January 22, 2009, bar counsel appeared for argument on the petition for reciprocal discipline, but the respondent did not appear. On January 29, 2009, the county court (Spina, J.) entered a judgment of disbarment effective on the date of entry of the judgment.


1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record filed with the Supreme Judicial Court.

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