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Order (public reprimand) entered by the Board January 10, 2000.


The respondent was admitted to the practice of law on May 12, 1959. On June 23, 1998, a client consulted the respondent at his law office concerning immigration matters involving herself and her husband. During the course of the consultation, the respondent hugged the client without her consent. On April 15, 1999, the respondent was convicted in the Boston Muncipal Court of assault and battery in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 13A. The respondent was sentenced to one year of probation.

On December 28, 1999, bar counsel filed a petition for discipline which charged that the respondent's conduct violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h). The respondent filed an answer in which he admitted to the allegations and to the violations of the rules of professional conduct. The parties further stipulated that a public reprimand was the appropriate sanction. On January 10, 2000, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to accept the parties' stipulation and their recommendation for discipline.

1 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record of proceedings before the Board.

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